Coop Expansion Project. Flooring advice needed

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SusanJoM, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    Okay folks, what do you think I should do here? The floor of the current coop is cement and I've been using deep (wow, very deep) shavings on the floor. I am about to cut through one wall and add an additional 4 X 8 to the current 4 X 8, but the new area has a dirt floor. Since it's already enclosed in a framed in shed, it seems to me that I have three choices for the new flooring: cement (but how deep?), adding wire to keep out rats and mice and leaving the dirt floor,, or putting down a sheet of wood flooring.

    Do you have any particular preferences?
    I'm gonna have to make up my mind by tomorrow (when I will have some available muscle and labor to help me), so any ideas you can share with me would definitely be appreciated.

  2. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    If your budget is healthy, I would continue on the cement flooring for continuity at the same depth as the previous.
  3. RedTailRanch

    RedTailRanch Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Portland, OR
    My Coop
    I have a lean-to with a dirt floor that I am converting into a 12x16 chicken coop. I thought about all of those same options and finally settled on an elevated wood floor. I am using pre-made concrete footings (from Home Depot - $8ea) with pressure-treated 4x4's and reinforced with 2x4's. Then covering it with OSB (plywood). You will need to either paint/seal the plywood or cover it with linoleum (which is what I am doing). Avoid the stick-on floor tiles, as the spaces between tiles can become a breeding ground for all kinds of nasty stuff.

    Hope that helps, I'm sure others will have opinions too! Thanks goodness for BYC!

    (Edited twice because, apparently, I can't spell today)
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2008
  4. Bird Hearder

    Bird Hearder Songster

    Apr 10, 2008
    Salisbury, Md.
    Personaly I would continue the concrete. It's fairly cheap $6.00 a bag. It only needs to be about 3" thick. Normal slabs and floors run about 4" thick. Put some plastic under the concrete for a moisture barrier. The tricky part is finishing it smooth. Brushing hides all the flaws but leaves a rough surface.
    Then if you wanted, from there you could do a 2x4 floor to help keep their toe's warm.
  5. I agree, in the long run you will have a consistent, safe surface and if you need a drain you can taper to it and install a rodent-proof cap with a removable cover for cleaning. We're lucky to be building our coop inside a barn with concrete floors, we topped the coop floor with planks which we had on hand, this will give more insulation and save bedding. I know some prople prefer not to use planks, but we'll sprinkle DE generously in the cracks, and having materials on hand (paid for) is always a bonus.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2008
  6. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    Well, concrete it is going to be.

    Thanks for your help.


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