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Chickens on concrete?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Xtina, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Xtina

    Xtina Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    My friend who just got stationed in Sicily is asking me about getting a flock of hens at his place. But apparently, there's NO ground at all. So he's going to have to keep hens in a coop with no access to dirt, grass, bugs, anything. I've never thought of doing this before and don't know the practicality. I know that in commercial operations in the states they don't get access to ground, but then the behavior problems crop up. Has anyone ever tried this? Got any advice? Should they just not get chickens?

  2. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    It's not something I would do, mine have 6 fields to free range. How do chickens scratch on concrete?

    However, I had heard that the concrete floor needs to be different from the usual for chickens as the uric acid attacks it (May have just been a sales ploy when we were having our barn flooring put in)
  3. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    They'll be fine as long as they are not overcrowded. We coop ours up for 4 or 5 months in the winter and they do just fine. They don't need to be on the bare concrete though. Spread a good bedding of leaves or lawn clippings, straw. etc. Give them a pile of dirt to dust bath in. Have plenty of windows to let in natural light.
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I have almost all of my birds on Concrete floors in the run's and coops, I use good wheat straw hay with plenty of seeds to scratch for. They have been that way for years, they are healthy, with no physical or mental problems. My school of thought on the concrete floors are this, All of these floors were well thought out are sloped for drainage inside and out. they are a cinch to clean and disinfect/sanitize no bug & disease problems that will lurk for years in dirt, if it is easier for me to care for them it is better for my birds, they really like it and the coop/run's are laways in tip top shape and you gotta love that.

    The folks who are against concrete floors normally don't have the means nor the energy or know how to put them in, so they just say naw it's not a good idea, which is hooey. they are easy to put in in segments, cheap, and can be done in an hour for a 12'x12'pen. All i can say is from experiance that it works and works well, with the birds just loving it and me too.

  5. illegal avian

    illegal avian Cooped up

    Apr 21, 2010
    Third World, Texas
    Sicilian Chicken rocks!
  6. Xtina

    Xtina Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Excellent, thank you guys!
  7. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Songster

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    Put some sand in their run over the concrete.

  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Some of my runs are on concrete slab. Chuck a bunch of straw, or (nontoxic) garden weedings, or that sort of thing, into there and it is perfectly fine.

    Good luck, have fun,


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