providing a wind break is a very good idea. Straw bales as was suggested are dual purpose. I used tarps over the coop any way so its just a simple matter of dropping a flap down for winter storms.
In my Aviaries During the 97 flood they had about two inches of water standing in the bottom. If I had thought better during those days I could have layed out some pallets to let the birds have something above the water to walk on. A temporary measure for sure but one they would have appreciated. Aviarys are a bit different though I was raising finches and parakeets. They handled the cold well and staye off the ground any way.
Here in the desert the perk rate is phenomenal so it would take a storm of biblical proportions.
The pallets are a good idea, thanks for that. The ammonia problem is inevitable with water and chicken droppings. I make good use of Sweet PDZ. Do you have another solution?
Only ventilation at the top to allow accumulate ammonia out.
I have only raised chickens in San Diego near the city and in the County high desert. My coops have always been open sided. Bare ground underneath. with shavings or rice hulls on top.
One thing to help keep the coop clean just be aware they do most their droppings in the coop when they roost for the night. No matter the bedding or bedding style or ventilation. Just catching those poos and getting them out will improve the overall cleanlieness of the coop.
Some people use poop boards with sweet PDZ or sand or shavings, even nothing. But the best one I have seen is slinging a bit of canvas under the roosts. What it does is allow the poo to desiccate more quickly.
Here is an article Clean Keeping the coop...
There are a few threads here on the subject.
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
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