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 In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2007
    Southeastern PA
    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 Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    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! Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Carlsbad, NM
    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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