Hi folks. I've looked at so many coops with runs online. All of them too small and seriously over priced, so I decided to build my own for around $200 My coop and run building supplies are coming in this weekend. I'll be building a 4' X 4' X 8' wide coop with a 8' X 12' X 6' high run, fully enclosed top and sides with 1" chicken wire. Both will be stationary. My question is about the flooring of the coop. A lot of folks go with a wood floor. Some use wood shavings, and some use hay, and it has to be maintained or it gets real stinky in there. Today, I saw one that used a 1" square wire mesh for a floor. The droppings go straight down to the sand below. He claims that once a month he uses a screen sifter and cleans the droppings out to be used elsewhere. I live here in southern Texas where summers can get to over 100 degrees, and winters rarely get below 40 degrees. I'm thinking the mesh flooring would be a great way to increase air flow and keep the coop cooler during the day. My biggest concern would be about the chickens feet, are they going to catch their feet in the 1" mesh? What's your opinion on this?