What is better, Run with or without a roof????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickaABCD, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. ChickaABCD

    ChickaABCD In the Brooder

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    Before I start my plans for my run, I would like to get thoughts on building it "with" or "without" a roof. My thinking is 50/50 due to thinking the girls love the sun to worrying about predators.
     

  2. alije

    alije Chirping

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    Depending on where you live, if there is a lot of rain and snow, you need a roof ... at least in one part of the run. You can use clear roof so that transmits rays of the sun.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I did a mesh roof for hawk protection...it works.

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  4. pshuman

    pshuman Hatching

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    I put chicken wire over the entire top of my run. I also covered half of it with a black mesh type cover for some shade.
     
  5. grampsjim

    grampsjim In the Brooder

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    Hello, we are late in life backyard chicken folks in Okla. My hubby built our coop with sheet iron that was given to us and the run is chicken wire doubled with cattle fence along the bottom. We have a coon and dog problem here so that's why the cattle fence along the bottom. We also have hawks and eagles here so we covered the run with chicken wire. We just 2 days ago got our "girls" and they seem to like their new quarters. No eggs yet though...
     

  6. escape

    escape In the Brooder

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    We let our chickens free range for several hours a day, but the rest of the day they are in the run. We built it so that half of it has a roof and half is just netting. They can decide which half they want to be in. ;)

    Good luck!
     
  7. Klutch

    Klutch Chirping

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    I like that, because they could escape from the sun if they need to. I also have some siding on the south side to help create a shade spot, just a little for not to block airflow. Oh and a little siding on the north side to create a little warm. It can get a bit chilly from the north wind in Norcal.
     
  8. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Songster

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    I went with a secured run.

    Slope roof over 1/3 so I could stand while filing feeder and waterer. Flat fiberglass panels on the rest to help keep out snow and rain.

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  9. grampsjim

    grampsjim In the Brooder

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    P.S. Our run is shaded by a big ole oak tree much of the day. The north west side gets plenty of sun though.
     

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