Winter in my crazy run build

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ruralhideaway, Dec 6, 2018 at 9:20 AM.

  1. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    I just wanted to give an update on my half(quarter?) cattle panel hoop covered run. I didn't do everything I'd hoped of course, but it's working out well. I thought I needed to completely waterproof the ceiling joints where the panels meet but there's really no need as a run. Slow drips in heavy rain aren't a big deal.

    The structure is about 16x12. The winter sun does indeed warm it up nicely in there. I put 2+ feet of fallen leaves down in the fall which the chickens enjoy digging in. They shrank fast, I needed more!

    It's withstood 18 inches of heavy snow. I do clean it off when we get hammered but I don't fear collapse, just better safe than sorry. Plus the snow blocks the sun which defeats the purpose.
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    You can see in pic below how the snow drifted deep on the flatter area where the coop itself stopped the wind. It held!
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    Very pleasant for birds and their friends.
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    I used a woven shade cover in the summer which really helped keep it cool.
    20180521_104454.jpg My poultry guardian dog may or may not have been sneaking on the feed here. He sure loves laying in the leaves on wet muddy days! 20181112_150220.jpg
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    Your run is elegance extraordinaire! Those look like happy chickens!
     
  3. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    Thank you, they really are a delight to see scratching and doing chicken stuff on nasty weather days. The roosters have enough room to coexist nicely too, which in this climate could have been a problem!
     
  4. Kat2141

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    I really like it. I may have to do something like that next summer to be ready for winter.
     
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  5. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    Thank you! A standard hoop would have been much much easier but this was what fit for me.
     
  6. 336White Phoenix

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    U have no idea how jealous I am of it coop it looks absolutely fabulous
     
  7. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    Hoop coops are not expensive or difficult to build. This half design was a bit more of both, and somewhat risky. But the regular kind isn't bad and so nice. I'm doing one on a 2ft knee wall for a greenhouse in March.
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Awesome!!!
    So cool to see an update!
    Such a prodigious undertaking, but you got 'er done and now it's paying off big time.

    Is it just the camera angle or does that LGD have a really long tail?
     
  9. Ruralhideaway

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    Hi again @aart ! Yes it's great to have the extra indoor space.

    That tail... well it's usually curled up but does seem a bit long. He's a kangal but I call him a kangal-roo because it's the thickest tail I've ever seen. Maybe he'll grow into it!
     
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  10. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Love it!!! :eek::love:wee
    I am also trying to beat winter while setting up my big duck pen. It is 16F here today but it’s supposed to be back up in the high 30s for 10 days. So hopefully I can get some work done. :fl
     
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