Coop Design and Setup

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Parker1316, May 18, 2017.

  1. Parker1316

    Parker1316 Just Hatched

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    Hello! So we've moved onto 5 acres and there is a shed that we are converting into our coop. We live in southeast Missouri where the summers are hot and humid and the winters are cold and rainy with occasional snow. The floor of the shed is wooden and is elevated so I'm wondering what we should do for the floor. I want to do the deep litter method, but husband doesn't seem too enthusiastic about it. He'd rather put plywood down and put straw or hay over top and call it done. What would you do since there's wooden planks for the floor of the coop?
     
  2. EggyErin

    EggyErin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a piece of vinyl flooring laid over my wooden floor. It's cut to fit but not glued or tacked down. I also do deep litter and the vinyl makes it much easier.
     
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would probably put the plywood down.
    not particle board, plywood.
    Or another layer of boards, laid crossways to the existing boards.

    critters can chew a hole through wood if they have a mind to.

    I have concrete floors in my two main coops. I have never had any critter gain access to either coop.

    what do you describe deep litter as?
    I have heard the term many times.
    can't picture it in my mind.

    each fall I add a good 6" to 8" of wood chips over the concrete floor. then a bale of straw over that. then I add straw whenever it gets too soiled.
    I clean it all out in the late spring..
    that is what I consider deep litter..
    .......jiminwisc......
     
  4. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    I have sturdy painted plywood.

    Deep litter needs to be on the dirt. As in a dirt floor coop. Now for me that was a NO. I had that in the country and was not happy about snakes coming in.
    The rattler was the final straw for me.
     
  5. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. jeria

    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting idea using rubber coat. I'll have to check into that, am in the planning stages of my coop so checking into lots of options.
     
  7. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Other members have used it, that's how I heard about using it. It comes in gallon size cans as well. Turn the can upside down, the day before you apply it, it will help with mixing it.
     
  8. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I went his route also works great. Do the heavy clean once a year. Pop out the vinyl floor hose it off.
    Easy Peasy Japanesee.
     
  9. jeria

    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    with rubber coat does heat affect it? We often have many 100+ days in the summer.
     
  10. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, heat does not affect it. You can do a search on it and other posts will come up about using it.
     

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