concrete for a coop base???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CityGal / CountryWorld, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. CityGal / CountryWorld

    CityGal / CountryWorld In the Brooder

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    I have a 9' 10" x 9' 10" concrete pad i am thinking of building a coop on.
    All the coops i have seen have dirt floors.
    is concrete bad for chicken feet?
    do i need a subfloor? (this would provide some insulation room)
     
  2. Turner

    Turner Songster

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    I have concrete - so easy to keep clean. In the winter I bed it very deep with shavings - on the lighter side in the summer months - no predators here!
     
  3. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    You're super-lucky to have a large pad like that to build your coop on. If I were building on it though, I'd plan some way to remove excess water, e.g., rain coming in through an unclosed window during a storm or if I wanted to hose down the inside.
     
  4. 1_FnkyFrm

    1_FnkyFrm Songster

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    Mine is concrete also, I put down two big bags of pine shavings and works great.... Easy to clean also.
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Sure, concrete is an EXCELLENT coop floor. Just make sure you put sufficient bedding on it.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  6. CityGal / CountryWorld

    CityGal / CountryWorld In the Brooder

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    We have a large variety of possible predators here,
    Coyotes, hawks, wild dogs, rumors of mountain lions...
    So I am going to make it very secure..
    plans are still in my head
     
  7. Noncentzter

    Noncentzter Songster

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    I have a 10x12 concrete pad with 4" of sand in the bottom of my coop...works great!
     
  8. ChixPix

    ChixPix In the Brooder

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    Thats exactly what I did. We have a pad from a garage that burn down before we moved here. Can't build another garage on it, so we put the coop on one corner. My biggest complaint is that it isn't nice and level, and when it rains, it seeps under the walls and gets my bedding wet. grrr. I'm planning on trying to seal it a little to see if that helps. I've just been lazy tho!
     
  9. mediazeal

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    Yup, concrete is awesome.
    plan for a drain
    I did but the pad wasn't as level as the contractor promised so the water pooled in the wrong area, had to shop vac it out
    mine is a combo covered coop/run with concrete pad and 4 inches deep of pine shavings with DE
    it's been perfect and very secure.
     

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