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Tile coop flooring?

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We are first time chicken owners, the girls are 5 weeks old now. We are building a 10'×10' coop as its getting closer to time for them to move up. I have read many options on flooring inside the coop such as concrete, linoleum or just painting the wood. I was wondering if anyone had used or considered using an outdoor slate tile as the flooring....something not too smooth so it doesnt get slippery. Would like something easy to clean, that won't have to be replaced. Any advise is much appreciated, thank you
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Welcome to BYC!

 

Are you going to mortar the slate tile into place?

 

What is your climate?

Might be cold in winter needing extra bedding as insulation.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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 ​I have linoleum on the floor of my coop.  Personally I use on top of the linoleum as a protector to the floor to help keep clean for me, for added insulation, and makes cleaning times so much faster the 30wt felt roofing paper. I will put pine shavings on top of it, it makes life easier for me and them. 

 

just wanted to pass this on and hopefully this helps.

 

it is all a trial process and what works for you.   that is what I had to do. 

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Thank you!! Yes planning on fixing tiles in place with mortar, grouting and sealing. We typically get hot summers, chilly but fairly mild winters, would still place additional bedding to keep it warmer. I did like the idea of linoleum, but reading that its gets scratched and starts peeling up....dont want to constantly have to replace. I know tile might be a bit more of an expense initially, i was just thinking for cleanliness purposes and hopefully not as slippery to prevent injury to the birds that this tile might be a good option. Your advise is much appreciated. Really enjoying all the good reading and ideas on here
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Tbcorum- thanks so much for advise, any issues with peeling up or tearing on yours? How long in place? Really like that idea
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Have you ever done a tile floor?  I've done three in my house.   It is a labor intensive job.  Unless you already have a concrete floor in the coop, you can't just mix some mortar, and slap down some tiles.  Gotta have a strong subfloor (No flex), then cement backer board, or Ditra, then mixing mortar and putting down the tiles.  Then mixing and slathering down the grout.   A lot of labor, time, and expense, for a chicken coop.

 If you have a wood floor, save a lot of time and effort, and buy a bucket of Blackjack #57 (From Lowes).  It's a rubberized roof coat product  With  linoleum, or vinyl, there is cutting and fitting, and gluing or nailing involved.  With the Blackjack, just stir well (MOST IMPORTANT), then just dump out on the floor, and spread out a heavy coat with a roller.  It totally seals the floor, floor joints, and the gap where the floor meets the walls, under a rubber skin.  I've had this stuff down in my coop for over 6 yrs, and it pretty much looks just like it did, when I first put it down.  It has seen temps from below 0, to over 100 F.   Unlike linoleum, or vinyl, it becomes a permanent part of the floor.  Nothing can get under it.  Vinyl and linoleum will eventually crack, split and fail in a coop.  Then you will have the crappy job of pulling that chicken decorated junk out of your coop, and cutting and fitting the replacement junk.  Linoleum and vinyl are made to be installed in a climate controlled house/building.  Not a chicken coop, with the wiiiide range of conditions and temps, ect.  it will see.  


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post #7 of 8
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JackE, have laid tile in our house too and youre absolutely right it is a lot of work. ..i was worried would be overkill in a coop. Really like the sound of this Blackjack, definitely worth a trip to lowes to check it out. Thanks for reality check lol and good tip
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JackE, have laid tile in our house too and youre absolutely right it is a lot of work. ..i was worried would be overkill in a coop. Really like the sound of this Blackjack, definitely worth a trip to lowes to check it out. Thanks for reality check lol and good tip
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