Can I put in a concrete floor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by New2NewEngland, May 10, 2016.

  1. New2NewEngland

    New2NewEngland Hatching

    May 10, 2016
    Hi All!!
    When we bought our house it came with a coop and run! However there is no floor just dirt. I plan on using sand in my coop instead of straw. Can you think of any reason why I should not put in a concrete floor? I figured it would be easier to clean out and would keep a predator from digging its way in.
    Thank you!!!
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    I see no reason why you can't concrete the run. I have mine on concrete and slabs and it works well for me. I sweep and power wash the runs out to keep them clean. Predators can't dig in and in general it looks tidier. I would suggest you put them a dust bath in so they can do the usual chicken things. I use a wooden box with soil, play sand and DE earth in.


  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    My coop and run are built on an old workshop foundation with a broken concrete floor, and it works fine. Why sand? On concrete? If you have very few birds, and like to 'scoop poop' daily, it may be fine. Deep litter with shavings is SO much easier! Mary

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