Coop Flooring

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Pegasusi, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. Pegasusi

    Pegasusi Chirping

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    I am in the process of building a new coop and run and have been evaluating options for easy maintenance coop flooring. The coop will be 6x6 and elevated 2 feet above ground with standard residential construction framing with two 24 inch wide doors for ease of access. I have considered laying vinyl flooring but would prefer something I can remove and hose off rather than crawling into the coop to mop. I am now considering painting and sealing all sides and edges of the plywood floor with multiple coats of an exterior washable finish and covering the floor with rubber interlocking mat tiles; example:https://www.amazon.com/BalanceFrom-...ncoding=UTF8&refRID=040TBR7NWN9DP6NJGEPC&th=1[​IMG]I considered stall mats but the weight would make them difficult to remove and since I want something I can easily pull out of the coop to hose off, the interlocking tiles seemed to be a better option. These would also allow addition cushion and insulation against the heat and cold not to mention cheaper and easier to install. If anyone has used something like this I would appreciate some feedback as to the pros and cons.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    I imagine the chickens scratching would tear that up over time.
    As long as the chickens have outdoor access, their scratching will wear down their nails so that wouldn't be a problem unless they are always confined.
     
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  3. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

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    Chickens will scratch through those mats. I use them in the house for our workout room and the dogs are not allowed in there because their nails damage the tiles. They can also be a pain to get clean as they are slightly porous (at least ours are). It takes a while for them to dry also.
     
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  4. Peppercorngal

    Peppercorngal Songster

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    I'm not a fan of the interlocking mats. The crud would get stuck in the "fingers" of the interlocking part. I am a fan of vinyl flooring! There is no need to hose it off at all. I usually use wood chips to cover the floor. When I need to clean I use my snow shovel and scoop it out. Residual poop sticking to the floor is not a problem, it all comes off easily. I'm now using wood chips and straw on the floor, but it's still easy to clean.
    You may want to reconsider vinyl! Good luck! ;)


    coop floor bare small.jpg coop floor with shavings small.jpg
     
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  5. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    Agreed with @Peppercorngal go for vinyl , I’ve not washed mine since I laid it down . I’ve got sand on it , they can dig and scratch even dust bathe and the vinyl looks good as new.

    Not a fan of mats either :(
     
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  6. ChickenCanoe

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    Another option is HDPE. It is pretty indestructible.
     
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  7. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    I use BlackJack 57 which is a roofing compound that goes on like paint. Clean up is simply taking a rake and raking out used bedding. Even with the chickens scratching around and the raking, the BlackJack hasn't shown any sign of scratch marks thus far (this is in a newer coop so I can't testify to how it holds up over time).

    I can't think of a time that I'd ever want to mop inside a coop. If there's built up poop wait for it to dry and just scrape it off.
     
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  8. Pegasusi

    Pegasusi Chirping

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    Thank you for your responses. I had planned to put shavings on top of the interlocking mats but all your responses are very valid! I like the maintenance aspect of vinyl flooring but don't look forward to the glue down process. The HDPE is a great idea and I will explore pricing options. The BlackJack 57 is another great idea, low maintenance, water proof, cost effective and self-sealing.....overall the only downside is the off gases during the long curing time.

    I knew I would find expert advice and multiple options from the members of this site. I greatly appreciate your time and input. Hugs to the Backyard Chicken family!
     
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  9. Melky

    Melky Crowing

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    Couple new products Glasbord Flooring and Epoxy supposed to make cleaning easier and newer builders of coops are offering as a type of flooring option for newly built shed/barn coops. That said I have no experience with it. Just looking so far.
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    No reason to glue it down...single sheet cut to fit isn't going anywhere.
    Never found a reason to 'wet clean' anything in coop...but I use poop boards.
    [​IMG] See My Coop page for pics of flooring install.
     

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