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What would be better for a coop?

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I have a 12 x 12 concrete slab- dog kennel. Would it be better to build on slab and put down shavings or build on 4 x 4 with plywood floors? Thanks in advance.
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I think I'd stick with slab - but 12 X 12 is a lot of shavings.  Straw might be a cheaper alternative.  There is also something called the deep litter method you might consider.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=deep+litter+method

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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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I'd go with the slab.  Concrete is the best coop base/floor, IMO.   Whether you use the whole thing, or part of it for a coop base.  But, I would let the chickens out in the yard, vs, keeping them on concrete full time.  They like the dirt.  


 

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post #4 of 14
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Thanks you guys. That's what I was leaning to, cheaper because I don't have to buy wood for floor.
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You will really appreciate having that concrete base!  Mary

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Here is a pic of the coop. Started Wednesday. Going along quite nicely!! Left to do is the white tin roof and red siding and white trim.
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Originally Posted by redsoxs View Post
 

I think I'd stick with slab - but 12 X 12 is a lot of shavings.  Straw might be a cheaper alternative.  There is also something called the deep litter method you might consider.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=deep+litter+method

I second the Deep Litter idea, the concrete slab would make the periodic cleanup much easier. If I may make another suggestion, make your threshold removable or leave it out completely. That way you can just scrape the old litter out the front door into the run.

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D.gif  ~ ACORN ACRES in South Cackalacky jumpy.gif

 

Seven Easter Eggers, a Black Australorp, 1 Cuckoo Marans, An old Production Red,

and some really prolific oak trees!

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post #8 of 14
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Looking like a coop!!
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wow nice coop
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Nice!  Mary

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