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Battening Down Hatches

The forecasts are predicting our first snow flakes next week, so it’s a good thing I spent part of last weekend winterizing the coop. I cleaned it out good, installed a water de-icer and also installed 4 marine-style tarps to the outside of the run to prevent snow from blowing in and to reduce drafts over the winter. I took some measurements a few weeks back and ordered some custom sized heavy-duty polyester tarps from It was really reasonable from a cost standpoint. When I got them home I installed stud-fastener grommets instead of typical brass tarp grommets. This will allow me to easily open up a tarp for a rare warm winter day and also ease taking things off easily in the spring.

Here’s what they look like installed. It wraps the lower half with four separate tarps, one in the back, one on the door and two for the sides, which wrap around the front of the coop.

I went with white because it will let the most light through and my hope is the coop will disappear into the landscape a bit once we have snow on the ground.

A close up of the stud fasteners. You’ll see these a lot on boats. They’ll make removing and installing the tarps a breeze going forward.

The big news is that our two Red Sex Links started laying regularly two weeks ago. Now the three Black Australorps better get a move on it.


4 thoughts on “Battening Down Hatches

  1. Carol Peterson says:

    Awesome idea! I live along Lake Erie and we have either (1) really mild winters or (2) crazy cold winters. I love that the tarps are removable and would suit our on-again, off-again winters well. I was going to just staple plastic to the coop, but I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

    • Dan says:

      Yeah, we’re right along Lake Michigan and are in the exact same boat. Winter is either all-in or nothing. Also, the tarps are super durable and should last many seasons, as opposed to one-time use plastic. Glad you liked it!

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  3. Mindy says:

    Did you order them without grommets? Where did you get your studded fastener grommets? And what type of Tarp material did you order??. Alos what did you spend on custom tarps?

    Any help would be great

    Eastern Massachusetts

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