Coop almost finished but what about the floor?

murdeb

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 17, 2011
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Trying to decide what to do about the bottom of the coop. The run is made out of hardware cloth but the holes are so tiny, I don't want my hens to hurt their little "peckers" tring to get bugs out of the ground! Right now we are thinking of putting chicken wire on the floor, just trying to avoid predators from digging a hole and getting in. Do you still need to put some type of shavings or sand on the floor? I will only have 2 hens. Do you lock your chickens up at night in their little house?
As a side note, everyone here is so nice and helpful, chicken owners are an awesome group of people!
 

Hawkeye95

Songster
8 Years
Jun 18, 2011
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Oklahoma City area
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You don't really need to put wire down on the ground of your run. Most people just dig down an apron or lay wire down on the outside of the wire run to protect predators from digging under. I'm going to hunt down a picture for you. There is one that I think has the best example of an apron- and this will save you on more wire for an entire run- as this is just a strip that will run along the outside. Now to hunt down the picture! You can put sand down on your outside run once all of your grass is gone.
 

Mahonri

Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast
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11 Years
May 14, 2008
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Sand in the run with an apron of hardware cloth buried around the perimeter.

I have a wooden floor with linoleum for ease of cleaning inside the coop. Best thing I ever did.
 

Hawkeye95

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Jun 18, 2011
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mewantseggs

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jul 19, 2011
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For the floor inside my coop, I tracked down some rubber topped conveyor belting and nailed that down. It was hard to cut perfect, but when I want to clean the floor I can put water/javex down and not worry about getting the wood wet and rotting. Also when it comes time to clean the floor the shaving are easily swept off. The floor always looks like new when washed.
 

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