Sunday, July 12, 2015

Patio Umbrella Provides Shade And Protection For Chicken Coop

If you have backyard chickens, then you need to provide them with shade. Here is a simple shade idea for the chicken coop. We use old patio umbrellas to give our chickens shade from the sun and shelter from the rain.

We have a system where when one of our patio umbrellas needs to be replaced, we put the old one out in the chicken coop run.

This is our second upcycled patio umbrella we now use in the chicken coop. My husband dug down about a foot and sunk the pole. It gives me plenty of clearance to walk under. This chickens love it. You could even pour a cement base in the ground using a piece of pvc pipe for the umbrella pole to slide into.

The umbrella offers another benefit and that is protection from large birds that were landing down on the fence. Now they cannot get down underneath the umbrella to sit on the fence.

So next time don't toss that older umbrella, just repurpose it in the chicken coop. If you really wanted to be fancy you could go out and get the chickens fancy new ones that color coordinate with the chicken coop.


  1. This is a great idea! It's so miserably hot here today....I'm keeping Finlay inside!

  2. Great idea! I'll bet you could find these at thrift stores off-season for cheap! I'd love for you to share this outdoor post on Tuesday's Maple Hill Hop!

  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  4. .... Hi Elaine... using the patio umbrella to protect the chickens is a great idea...... I like upcycling.. it's like you get double your money's worth from things... Mud and heat are not good for the chooks...
    Hugs... Barb xxx

  5. You're so right shades essential. I'm so fortunate because my husband buit the coop and run amongst some standing trees so we have plenty of shade for the girls but the umbrellas are a great solution if you don't have trees.

  6. Good idea for those without shade. Our cop has mostly shade with our huge maple tree. They love it!

  7. Great idea to repurpose the old umbrella and provide much needed shade for the chickens ~ plus it looks good. Love the green fence too.
    Thank you for visiting my creative space and your kind comment.
    So nice to meet you.
    Have a wonderful day! cm