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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chaks1, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. chaks1

    chaks1 New Egg

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    Hi

    I'm attempting to convert an 8x5ft former aviary into a chicken coop and run and looking for advice. I'm a beginner so thanks for any help you can offer appreciated and sorry if I'm asking a stupid question.

    My main problem is the base of the aviary is wire, with a gap below and trays underneath for easy cleaning. Obviously that is not going to be comfortable for chickens to walk around on and scratch, so I need to somehow convert this to a flat surface that I can put straw down on.

    I am considering laying wooden boards over the trays, so when I come to clean I can remove the boards and let the waste drop down and clean out through the trays.

    OR I forget the tray system altogether and fill the whole base with sand to give them a sand base, which is sounds life for a lot of people has been a good base, but then I'm not sure how I clean.

    What do you think, and do you have any other suggestions?

    Thanks BYC
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! Pictures will help here, and wire is definitely not a good base for chickens. Waste won't really fall through it, either. Can you rebuild it with a solid floor? Pictures and dimensions are needed to give good advise! Mary
     
  3. chaks1

    chaks1 New Egg

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    Thanks Mary. I'll take some pictures and upload.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Ditto on the pics....also what is your climate?
    Putting your location in your profile can help folks give better answers/suggestions.

    How many chickens do you plan on having?
    Are they for eggs, pets, meat?
     
  5. chaks1

    chaks1 New Egg

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    Here are some pics [​IMG]
     
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  9. chaks1

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    So you can see the problem...need to get a different floor in there but difficult to rebuild because of the whole set up. This is an inherited aviary from the previous owner.
     
  10. chaks1

    chaks1 New Egg

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    I'm in California and I'm planning on getting 2 or possibly 3 chickens. The aviary is 8ftx5ft
     

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