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Floor of Chicken Coop

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hello,

This is my first post so here goes.
We just got 4 chicks and I am developing a design for the coop/Hen House right now.
My question is ,will Cloth wire work well as a  Solid floor for the Chickens House.
My neighbor built his coop a few weeks ago and used that as the floor. So what happens is all the poop falls through the Cloth Wire to a Galvanized pan that has Pine Shavings in it. My worry is that  it my not be great for the Chickens feet to walk on the Wire when inside the coop.

What do you think.

Jeff

post #2 of 21

Hello there, and welcome to BYC!!welcome-byc

Wire IS hard on their feet and you'll end up with chickens having bumble foot... a pain to treat and get rid of.

I have linoleum.  We put down DE w/ pine shavings, then sweep and mop, EVERY WEEK!

In the winter I trench the garden and bury the shavings/DE/poop mix.

I had HUGE tomatoes this year.  The 115 plus temps for the past two weeks has now officially baked my garden so I'll soon start 'trenching' again for my winter garden that I'll plant on Labor Day weekend.

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info. I too thought that might be hard on the feet but was not sure.

PM sent for another topic.

Thanks,
Jeff

post #4 of 21

hey, don't use a wire for the floor, their feet don't like it. we used plywood and went to a flooring store and got some remnants of vinal flooring. we screwed it down and it sweeps out quite easy.

my name is vinnie. my wife renee, our german shorthair molly, and 28 chickens live in way northern ca. in a town called mount shasta. mount shasta rises over 11,000 feet above the town. the mountain is 14,162 feet tall!it is the most fabulous place to live.
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my name is vinnie. my wife renee, our german shorthair molly, and 28 chickens live in way northern ca. in a town called mount shasta. mount shasta rises over 11,000 feet above the town. the mountain is 14,162 feet tall!it is the most fabulous place to live.
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post #5 of 21

We have eight hens in a small coop with a wood floor.  We painted the coop inside and out.  I use the deep litter method and have not cleaned my coop since March!  Seriously, no smell, no flies. Also DE is supposed to be benificial in preventing problems with mites.

Buy a bale of wood shavings (not cedar) from your local feed store about $8, buy a bag of Stall Dri (DE & Clay) about $12. I am about 1/3 into my second bale since February and my Stall Dri will probably last for years.

Once a week add a few inches of fresh shavings and a couple cups of Stall Dri, give it a light raking...that is it. I also use a big hanging feeder and fill that on the weekend.  My daily chores are tossing scratch, checking on water and oh yes providing treats!

As long as the litter stays dry there is very little odor.  Two or three times a year rake it out, compost it and use it in your garden.

First time flock owner February 2009 starting with six silver laced Wyandotte hens, two SLW/Rhode Island Red Cross hens. One elderly chocolate lab (RIP 3/8/10), two lively Boston Terrors and four Russian Tortoises.
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First time flock owner February 2009 starting with six silver laced Wyandotte hens, two SLW/Rhode Island Red Cross hens. One elderly chocolate lab (RIP 3/8/10), two lively Boston Terrors and four Russian Tortoises.
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post #6 of 21

welcome-byc   I hear linoleum works wonders. as for me I'm still rocking the dirt floor which works fine for me.

It happened so fast it wasn't my fault: 57 RIR, 6 New hampshires, 1 Black austrolorp, 1 egg carton chick, 2 Khaki campells, 1 Muscovy, 5 Katahdin sheep, one sannen goat and a guinea.
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It happened so fast it wasn't my fault: 57 RIR, 6 New hampshires, 1 Black austrolorp, 1 egg carton chick, 2 Khaki campells, 1 Muscovy, 5 Katahdin sheep, one sannen goat and a guinea.
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post #7 of 21

Dirt works great!  Deep Litter method on dirt even better. jumpy

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post #8 of 21

Deep litter is great. Use DE and it doesn't smell, too easy!

post #9 of 21

Sorry, but what is DE?

Proud owner of 4 EE, 2 BO, 2 BA, 2 SLW, 2 BR,  1 Wellsummer hen and one EE roo
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Proud owner of 4 EE, 2 BO, 2 BA, 2 SLW, 2 BR,  1 Wellsummer hen and one EE roo
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post #10 of 21

Diatomaceous Earth. 

Lots of good uses.  Check Google.

Hello Midas and welcome.

I wouldnt use the wire cloth either.  Plywood, either plain, painted or covered with vinyl and wood chips would be my suggestion.  If you leave one side hinged on a hutch style coop or use a rake and shovel in a walk in coop, I think you would be good.

My mixed flock hen house has a natural sand floor and I use deep litter method which works well for me.  Another coop has concrete floor with deep litter as well.  Both are easy to clean, but I think the natural earth breathes better.

Though I have used all three in the past, personally I like the natural floor better.


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