Coop floor help??????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by flygilmore, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. flygilmore

    flygilmore Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I've finished my 10'x10' coop. In about another week, I'm going to be putting in the birds.....15 hens and 13 Bantams (hen/rooster mix). The floor in my coop was part of our old deck which was covered in 2"x8" boards. Between each board, there is about a 1/4" gap. Is this going to be ok or do I need to put plywood down? I'll prob. use a combo of straw/shavings for the coop floor and thought that these slits might help in ventilation???? maybe they won't??????

    Thoughts?

    BTW, if I sheet the floor now, it's going to be a chore going around the bases of my perches etc. etc.
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would just put vinyl down, it will make it easy to clean.
     
  3. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    You will want to put down a solid flooring in the coop. Gaps, Cracks and Voids are great places for pests to live during the day, only to venture out at night to feed on your birds. I went through my coop and RTVed all the corners, edges and creases; sealing them to keep pests from having a safe place to hide. A solid surface is also much easier to clean when pulling out the old litter and replacing it with fresh.

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    Here's an old image of my daughter on the day that we painted our coop. If you look at the corner seam behind her, you can see the bead of RTV that I used to seal the gaps.

    It's a much small coop than what you describe, but it is so nice to clean and my birds are happy, healthy and pest free.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2016

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