Can chickens and ducks be raised in pens with wire floors?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bwhite28, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. bwhite28

    bwhite28 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering I would be able to use one of my gamebird pens as a chicken coop or a home for a couple of ducks. The pen has a 1/2in by 1/2in wire floor. Most people i see with coops raise them on the gound, do you think it would be okay to raise them on a wire floor?
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
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    I would avoid wire, it can cut their feet. You could, however, just lay boards/plywood over the wire, and then cover that with pine shavings.
     
  3. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not only can it cut their feet, but it can cause deformaties in their feet. It can eventually cripple them. I would not use it, or put something down on top of the wire like Chickentoes said.
     

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