Weather/waterproofing chicken run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lachie27, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. lachie27

    lachie27 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2015
    Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on any materials I can cut to size to use as a cover on the hardware cloth to stop rain getting in and wetting the wood shavings in my run. Was thinking of shade cloth but it needs to be sewed after cutting it to stop it fraying and needs eyelets to attach it around the mesh. Any ideas?? Also maybe thinking of bamboo/straw maybe?? Suggestions please
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    How about polyvinyl tarp? You could also change the run from shavings to sand. Just some thoughts.
  3. lachie27

    lachie27 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2015

    I used sand for a while but it got stinky when wet and didn't clean so changed to shavings. Also does pvc tarp fray when cut??
  4. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I my experience, if the shavings are deep enough, there are no issues when they get wet.

    Do a site search on "deep litter".
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    What is your climate/location?

    There's no reason to keep rain off your wood shavings.

    The 6' x 15' Cooloeroo shade cloth I bought off amazon did not unravel,
    I squared off an end and tried to tear apart that thin scrap and it stayed pretty tight,
    but I just double folded over the cut ends and grommeted.
    Had held up nicely, makes pretty good shade but does let rain thru.

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