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What to use for a chicken run COVER?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blondebarnbabe, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i used wire mesh for the sides of my run and just regular chicken wire for the top.
     
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2
     
  3. Hoofer

    Hoofer Out Of The Brooder

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    We have regular chicken wire on the top of our run. We lock the chickens in the coop at night so it doesn't need to be coon-proof.
     
  4. ilovechickensrock

    ilovechickensrock Out Of The Brooder

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    i use an old carpet that i have and where there is holes i used some shingles i know im cheap i am going to proabaly get somrthing else next year instead of a carpet
     
  5. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for the people that has covers that are flat.
    what do you do when it snows?
    thats a lot of weight.
     
  6. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree re: flat roof if it's solid (obviously a wire roof w/ 2x2 holes would permit snow to go through), and that is true for rain as well as snow, esp. for those who use tarps. I used to lay a tarp over half of my wire cover until the day it sagged, colllected a HUGE amount of water, and broke the wire (fortunately the chicks were in the coop when that happened!). So I got the pitched roof w/ tarp that I use now.
     
  7. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    Quote:I use a dog kennel as well, but I love your version of the cover. How do you have the pvc attached to the top of the kennel? I'm gonna revamp all 3 of mine!
     
  8. Aria

    Aria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This was our Call Duck Barn...now Silkie Barn. We Cover the run(to the left) with gray tarp.
    In Spring we will build a slant roof. Regards, Aria
     
  9. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    "Gail

    I use a dog kennel as well, but I love your version of the cover. How do you have the pvc attached to the top of the kennel? I'm gonna revamp all 3 of mine!"


    We used brace rail clamps, found in the chain link section at our local Lowes. They're only $1.68 each (although I also bought bolts that were a bit longer, also found in the chain link section in packs of 10):


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    Attach the clamps, slip in the 3/4" pipe, tighten the bolts. We placed the 3/4" PVC pipe at 3 foot lengths, then ran 36" wide hardware cloth over each and attached this to the pipe with zip ties.

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    Hope this helps...

    Gail
     
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  10. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice pictures thanks for sharing georgiagail [​IMG]
     

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