Concrete - good or bad run floor?

sraduil

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 22, 2014
2
1
9
Waukesha, WI
We are evaluating the best location for our first chicken coop. We have a slab of concrete back by our shed (which has electric and water access already). The location is perfect for a coop (thinking the size for about 8-10 egg layers). I'm thinking that the concrete is not a good flooring for their run, but would work for the coop foundation. Is there anything I could put down on the concrete to make it work for their run or part of their run? Or should I just give up on that idea, and design a run that goes onto the grass? Thanks in advance!
 

dsboyce

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 13, 2014
14
3
24
Golden, IL
We are using a concrete floor covered with a thick layer of straw. It seems to work well and it's easy to clean.


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chfite

Songster
10 Years
Jun 7, 2011
2,171
123
236
Taylors, SC
Concrete would be easy to clean, but I would not spend money to install concrete. Dirt with sand works quite well and is self-cleaning.

Chris
 

S1ilkieGirl99

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 18, 2014
87
4
41
concrete in my experience is the best flooring to prevent predators such as foxes from digging. it also keeps the chickens claws nice and short, sparing the worry of trimming them. I would put some green in the coop though if you don't let the chickens roam free - grass and other green food is good for their diet, and also makes life more interesting
 

RuanMac

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 17, 2014
53
3
31
I'm trying to decide on this myself. My area has fox and Coyote as main preditors with raccoon and mice/rat as secondary. Digging is a big concern for me and I'm leaning toward concrete for main run, and sand for secondary.
 

Folly's place

Enabler
10 Years
Sep 13, 2011
23,514
39,417
1,106
southern Michigan
I had an old concrete foundation with a damaged concrete floor, and that's where my coop and run are located. Love it! Nobody can dig in, and it works fine for me. I put rubber stall mats over the coop floor, and use deep wood chip litter. The mats made shoveling it out easier, and helped control dampness. The run area gets chips also, just not deep. Mary
 

ChickenTonight

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 24, 2014
1
0
6
I am in process of making a chicken run on concrete floor. I have made a besser block wall and will soon fill it with soil. This way I can maintain landscaping in the run. I have concreted lumber in the blocks that holds the net for the area. My chicken coop is mobile so it can sit in the run. I will upload a photo once done.
 

K9Dave

Songster
5 Years
Apr 11, 2014
996
164
141
Big Stone Gap, Va.
Seemed to work out pretty good. I'm not in the market to build a solid run as we are re ting but when I saw the subject, I couldn't help but look for future plans. We are hoping to build a cabin one day and a concrete floored run and coop area will def be a must. I'm a blacksmith so a welded frame, animal wire area to protect from predators is my future plan I think. Thanks very much for asking the question. That's why this place is so valuable.
 

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