1. KellyLarkin3

    KellyLarkin3 In the Brooder

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    It gets pretty windy in the winter should I put plastic up in run area during winter months?
     
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  2. Wee Farmer Sarah

    Wee Farmer Sarah Free Ranging

    Where are you located and what are the average winter temperatures in your area?
     
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  3. CatWhisperer

    CatWhisperer Crowing

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    The answer is YES.
     
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  4. KellyLarkin3

    KellyLarkin3 In the Brooder

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    It gets in low 20’s and they are coastal winds. I’m in South Jersey.
     
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  5. Wee Farmer Sarah

    Wee Farmer Sarah Free Ranging

    Yes, I would wrap the run with heavy plastic to block the winds. Just make sure you leave 6 to 12 inches at the top of the run to make sure you have adequate ventilation.
     
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  6. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Crowing

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    I always cover 3 sides of my run with clear vinyl during the winter months. That keeps the breezes off the birds so that their feather don't get ruffled. They trap heat under those feathers. I don't want them to be cold outside while they are eating and drinking.
     
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  7. Soy Milano

    Soy Milano Chirping

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  8. Wee Farmer Sarah

    Wee Farmer Sarah Free Ranging

    The polycarbonate panels can get a little pricey. It’s fine if you can afford it. However my run is 8 x 14 x 16 and 6 feet tall in most of it. I use heavy clear plastic shower curtains. I string them on rope so I can adjust on warm days.
     
  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    Add sheet vinyl, or something, to the windward sides of your run, and leave the upper foot or so at least of the leeward side or sides for good ventilation. Pictures will help here!
    Mary
     
  10. I live in a very windy region (it doesn't snow here) and I used shade-cloth or wind-cloth to help protect the chickens. They use it in orchards, it's about the same price as heavy plastic and lasts a lot longer. It allows some wind through but not much.
     

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