Coop flooring

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vttrissy, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. vttrissy

    vttrissy In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2015
    Middlesboro, KY
    I am new to raising chickens and have built a moveable coop (tractor coop) for my upcoming hens (now living in a brooder in the basement). It's about 24 square feet, rasised off the ground. I have perch areas with screen/wire underneath to let the droppings fall out of the coop onto the grass outside, and nesting boxes with pine shavings. My question is: do I cover the rest of the wood flooring with something (pine shavings? straw?) or can I let it remain bare wood?
    Also, I will be closing the hens in the coop at night, do I need to bring their food and water in the coop with them?

  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    You could go with either flooring and it could work. I would go with wood as it is easier on the feet. If you go with wood I would cover in some bedding for easier cleaning. They don't generally get up at night, so food and water isn't necessary at night.

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