Airflow in your coop is your biggest concern whether its summer or winter. Urban Coop Company Coops use passive updraft ventilation in the roost areas to protect your sleeping chickens year round from inclement weather while at the same time making sure they get critical ventilation, key to their respiratory health during hot & cold seasons and in particular, protection from frostbite in sub zero temperatures.
But extreme storms can bring too much of a good thing to the outdoor areas of any coop. Snow / Storm Panels are for the run areas of your coop and add temporary extra protection for extreme sideways driven stormy weather in hot or cold seasons.
Panels keep sideways rain and wind driven snow from making things too sloppy in the run areas that chickens hang out in during the day. They are designed to be attached and detached during inclement conditions in warm or cold seasons, only when needed. Panels are "transparent" for maximum clarity but they also can provide some shade. Where needed, ventilation is added to panels to make sure they do not cut off too much air circulation while still being able to protect your flock from... umm, fowl weather. Panels will not make your coop "waterproof" but will knock out the vast majority of wind driven snow and rain in the "outdoor" run areas.
As for the physical panels themselves, they are corrugated and made from 100% recycled UV protectant enriched polyethylene plastic sourced here in North America. Polyethylene is both waterproof and freeze proof and stays flexible. Flutes in the plastic give it necessary rigidity. They are tested to SAE J1960 which is a outdoor exposed plastics standard. When used seasonally during inclement weather, you should expect these panels to last at least 3-5 years before the plastic degrades. Depending on your locale, they could easily last longer when used intermittently. The magnets will last indefinitely and can be re-used on new panels.
Depending on when you bought your coop and the model of coop, panels are attached via a slot and tab system, magnets or retainer rails. The idea is the same, put them on when the weather turns bad, take them off easily when its nice again... and let light in while your coop is covered.
We wind tested the panels using a leaf blower that blew 100 MPH according to the manufacturer and had storms during testing that had 40 MPH winds and gusts. Real world reports we have say the panels are staying in place until the wind (or gusts) is exceeding 60-70 MPH+ which is approaching hurricane force winds. There are a variety of conditions that could allow a panel to blow loose in extreme conditions. Keep in mind...if the wind is blowing 30 or 35 mph, it could easily be gusting to 50 mph or more!
Please Read: If you have life threatening frigid conditions it just makes sense to zip tie panels to the wire temporarily by poking several holes in the panel and then running a tie through the holes and into the wire. In the middle or maybe along each side. During the dead of winter, you're probably going to leave them on anyway and better safe than sorry about a freak gust, debris or some other circumstance causing a panel to blow off.
Please Note: We have customers who from time-to-time purchase our accessories to use with non Urban Coop Company products. Due to the custom nature of our accessories design and fabrication, we cannot warrant the suitability of their use outside their intended purpose.
Please Note: This accessory ships for free when purchased with a coop due to bulk rate shipping on packages. * Zone based per item rate calculated in cart starting from shown price.
To reduce shipping damage, you will install the magnets onto your storm panels. It will take you between 10 minutes and an hour, depending on the coop you have. No tools are required... maybe a glass of wine!
Handyman Hotline: If at anytime you (or your handyman) needs support that the instructions don't answer, just call us. You can even have your handyman call us in advance so that when they show up to assemble your coop they're already up to speed.
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Bargain brand coops are not a bargain for long. Our coops are more durable, which means they last. But it also means they’re predator safe places for chickens to live. Our coops are methodically thought out and have deliberate advantages that save you time and make a healthier place to keep chickens. They’re among the best coops money can buy. We hope you decide they’re right for you…but call us if you have questions. Our #1 goal is to make sure our coops are a good fit for your needs and meet your expectations. Here are 10 things to know about Round-Top Coops™.
Wood - US Western Red Cedar
Cedar will last outdoors many, many years painted or not. It's not chemically treated yet naturally resists rot and bugs. It's very strong.
Hardware - Exterior Grade Galvanized
Heavy gauge exterior grade hardware is much more predator proof and will last a ling time.
Wire - Welded Galvanized Livestock
It's at least 4X stronger than hardware cloth found on most every other coop.
Joinery - Old School Carpentry
Beautiful, strong, outdoor-proof methods will hold up over time and we guarantee it.
Roof - Galvalume™ 5V Crimp
Patented Galvalume™ won't rust, reflects radiant heat, stays cool. Nothing is stronger than metal.
Designs – Beautiful & Practical
We lean towards highly ventilated, roomy, minimal opening designs with weatherproof roosts and open sunny runs. Sunlight is a disinfectant and stimulates egg production too.
Winters – Multi-Climate Versatility
Only use when needed. Magnetically attach Storm Panels in freezing winds and snow. Translucent, lets sun in. Healthy
Support – Chickens Are Our Passion
We’re basically chicken keeping consultants to our customers. We provide unlimited help. We use our coops every single day.
Waterers - Integrated No-Poop
Convenient, overhead no poop, outside fill, can be freeze-proofed, food grade, hold a lot, can add extras taks up no run space. Saves time.
Feeders – Integrated No-Poop
Convenient, vertical no poop, outside fill, weather resistant, food grade, hold a lot, takes up minimal run space. Saves time.
If our coops are in your budget, they’re actually a great value. We don’t try to fool you with “free shipping” that we both know isn’t free. Well made coops are very heavy, shipping them is not cheap. We don’t try to trick you about where they’re made, size or capacities of our coops. We respect your intelligence.
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