Winter coop cover ideas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jolie4, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. Jolie4

    Jolie4 New Egg

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    I don't want my chickens to be snowed out or rained out this winter, looking for ideas to help them out. On the front and one side I have a dog kennel about 5 1/2 ft tall and wood about 5 1/2 ft tall on the back but the coop is much taller and on the other side is chain link which I'm guessing is closer to 4-4 1/2" tall....all these different heights. I want to be able to protect them from the weather a little. It's been raining the last couple days and is cold outside and they are soaked. Any ideas? Pictures? [​IMG]
     
  2. margarer

    margarer New Egg

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    What about boarding in the roof and sides of your fence and a heat lamp
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Maybe you could put up fiberglas roofing panels over the run. They could provide shade in summer and some protection from rain and snow. If you live in an area of extreme winter weather you could use heavy tarps around the chain link fencing. Chickens tolerate cold much better than heat. Heat lamps etc. can cause fires and aren't needed, if you have a well built draft free coop, with sufficient ventilation just under the ceiling.

    Please check out the coops section for other ideas.
     
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Jolie4, and :welcome! Happy you joined our community! If you were just looking for something temporary, could you simply prop two panels (plywood, treated dog ear fence panels, etc.)on opposite sides on the inside of your run and lean them into each other at top, forming kind of an A-Frame? Would keep them dry and would also help with the cold winter winds. Best wishes whatever you decide to do. Thanks for joining BYC! :)
     
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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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  8. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    Hi and [​IMG] Glad you joined us! You have been given some wonderful advice and links so I will just say enjoy yourself and have a great time on here! [​IMG]
     
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    I would throw a sheet metal or plywood roof on that run. Should help with the moisture.
     

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