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Wood floor.... How best to cover?

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Building a coop inside an old barn. What would you do with the wood floor? Wood sealer? linseed oil? Paint? Vinyl? Rubber? Blackjack 57? Other? Thanks in advance.
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Some sort of sealer would likely be a good idea. Our barn is very old and thankfully our chicken roosting room has a concrete floor, but otherwise all the wood in our barn is rotting. However, a good cover of dry wood chips or dry straw that is kept dry will likely prevent any rotting problems with a wooden floor. Our issue is holes in the roof that let water leak in, a dirt floor that holds moisture, ect.

 

Best of luck with your project!

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I put a piece of linoleum down, love it! Easy to clean and scoop Found a scrap piece at big box store for ten bucks.
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I was a big fan of Vinyl, now I am not. If you live in a cold climate, and clean in the winter, it can cause tears and rips in the vinyl. I am just sealing the floor now.

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Living in Upstate NY with my Beautiful Wife and Son, Horses, Sheep, Cats, a Dog and a bunch of Jersey Giants.

 

Here is my very newly created web site, it will be changing a lot in the coming months if time permits. I need to get pictures up.

https://sites.google.com/site/framacfarms/home

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I successfully use around 6 - 10 inches of pine chips.

 

Deep bedding.

 

Moisture never reaches the floor.

 

Replacing it around once per year.

 

Expect dust...

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Originally Posted by Framac View Post

I was a big fan of Vinyl, now I am not. If you live in a cold climate, and clean in the winter, it can cause tears and rips in the vinyl. I am just sealing the floor now.
I've never had that happen and I live in the North East. I cover it with four or five inches of shavings.
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A piece of linoleum plus about 6+ inches of pine shavings is good but do expect dust.

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I've never had that happen and I live in the North East. I cover it with four or five inches of shavings.

Last winter with the Cold (below zero for days at a time) cause havoc on my floor. I went away and the care taker has issues with the watering fount. Gallons ended up on the floor and cleaning the frozen mess caused the floor to rip. I was using 2-3 inches of shavings at the time, and always used a plastic snow shovel as to not dig in.

 

Edit: Also of note, the floor held up great for the first 5 years. All the problems started in year 6, so it could just be getting brittle from age also.


Edited by Framac - 1/27/16 at 12:28pm

Living in Upstate NY with my Beautiful Wife and Son, Horses, Sheep, Cats, a Dog and a bunch of Jersey Giants.

 

Here is my very newly created web site, it will be changing a lot in the coming months if time permits. I need to get pictures up.

https://sites.google.com/site/framacfarms/home

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Living in Upstate NY with my Beautiful Wife and Son, Horses, Sheep, Cats, a Dog and a bunch of Jersey Giants.

 

Here is my very newly created web site, it will be changing a lot in the coming months if time permits. I need to get pictures up.

https://sites.google.com/site/framacfarms/home

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I use a cheap large disposable brush and slop on pure varnish. Nothing special like marine urethane or what's called spar varnish (not actual varnish) but a basic pure lac beetle varnish that will dry super fast and be rock solid. Throw the brush away and your done.

 

Linseed oil is awesome stuff but will take forever and a day to dry if applied to proper thickness. Not what you want on a floor you intend to walk on or put bedding over. Will have bedding embedded in it for ever.


Edited by Egghead_Jr - 1/27/16 at 1:14pm

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