Originally Posted by leirob007
Rule of thumb. on the floors. nothing that will absorb and hold water. like hay or straw or even sawdust that will cause mold and or mildew. sand, pine shavings wicks dry pretty fast but has a tendancy to have wet spots.. To be perfectly honest. for my money. you can not beat a good old fashion dirt floor. it rakes clean, provides trace minerals, all the grit you chickens will ever need. wont get as cold as a raised floor in the winter.and they can scratch down to cool dirt in the summer. and it just feels natural for the chickens to scratch in. chickens and dirt go together like creamy peanut butter and jelly. smooth to work with and just plain sweet for the birds.
OK well we are building a tractor and it has a floor to it(plywood with linoleum on it) so from all the suggestions I am thinking sand!
OK so how do we finish our coop? This is a NEVER ending project. Every time we think we have it figured out then something else comes up. It is CRAZY! I am still putting my chicks up in a brooder every night! I am SOOOOO ready to have a normal coop. It just seems like there are so many little things to do--most of it to make the coop safe for the chicks. Fill in gaps, secure doors and things like that. Today we went to Lowes and as we were leaving dh said that was all we should need. So we get home start working and now the list of what we still need is as long if not longer than today's list! Ugh and talk about expense! just crazy I tell ya!!!