Coop and Run done!...Run floor vs Coop floor question. Pics

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kptwin, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. kptwin

    kptwin Out Of The Brooder

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    Just needs painting! Yay!

    DO I NEED SHAVINGS ON FLOOR OF COOP?I know I need them in the nesting boxes. They are closed off for a bit as they needed encouragement to roost.

    CAN I DEEP BED RUN AND NOT COOP?

    My coop has pine shavings and a floor with 1/2 inch hardware cloth. The coop is raised and the poop and shavings drop into the run with a little encouragement from flat edge of a rake. The run is 14 feet, covered and I have 5 chickens. We have mild weather and the run has remained dry. When I research the deep bed method, I seem to only find reference to coop maintenance.I am obviously new to chickens and am loving them! Note by Boxer to left who remains undecided. [​IMG]


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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    How mild are your winters?
     
  3. kptwin

    kptwin Out Of The Brooder

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    Average temp November-January and March in the Mid 50's.
    Average rainfall for those months is 2.5-3.5 inches per month. Pretty sporadic and fare "downpour".
    Our February temperature seems consistently higher in the mid 60s-70 annually.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    You might consider cutting a piece of plywood to fit on the floor of the coop that you could introduce if necessary. I would not put bedding on the wire floor.
     
  5. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use hay as insulation if it gets to cold.
     
  6. kptwin

    kptwin Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! They don't seem to mind the wire, so that is a good thing!
     
  7. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just as a side note however, the hay works as an okay insulator, but it may be hard to clean.
     
  8. kptwin

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    I am now only using pine shavings in nesting boxes. They seem to be doing well. Thanks!
     

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