Originally Posted by Fox and the Hen
. I have an OSB (chip board) any potential negative points to having it in the coop.
As always, any advice is appreciated..
It would not be my first choice in a perfect world. If you have it on hand I think you are good to go. My personal experience with linoleum over tongue and groove boards for decades and it works fine (still looks like new never had to replace any flooring yet not even water stained)...As long as you know that water and your floor are enemies going in.
Keep in check any saturated areas that may happen by whatever means and not give it a chance to get under your linoleum Example. Heavy rains with open doors or windows, or a spilled 5 gal bucket of water. I also throw whole corn as a scratch feed over my wood shavings and for the most part the chickens keep the bedding aerated and the shavings dry. I also rake out the corners when ever needed.
Normal chicken dropping do contain water and your bedding will be able to control that while the linoleum provides more than enough protection. Also do not let your OSB come in contact with the earth that would be a sure killer.Make sure you floor is elevated before and dring the spring thaw as cement blocks or footings have a tendency to settle during that time
Worst case senario (excluding flooding)
Even if it does happen your damage is going to be concentrated in a small area and if anything be an easy fix. If you check your OSB yearly paying particular attention to the outside boarder or seams for swelled of flaking chip board you will be able to keep a handle on things. It will definitely require more monitoring and up keep.
Edited by Hokum Coco - 4/5/16 at 6:50pm