1. peace7673

    peace7673 New Egg

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    So I have a small ellivated coop. The button of the floor is a wood sliding door with a metal covering. One of my girls likes to move the litter and sleep on it. With winter coming I am worried her feet will freeze on the metal. I went to home depot and bought a cheap rubber memory foam mat and cut it to size to fit over the metal and under the sawdust. I am worried though it will cause bacteria to grow since it is a memory foam and very porus. Any thoughts?!
     
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  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    A bigger danger will be your chickens eating the soft foam. If you want a foam they can't eat, closed cell foam is better. It comes in the form of camping sleep mats, very cheap, usually blue in color.

    But why not encourage the hen to roost? If she's a large breed, they sometimes are reluctant to try to get up to a high perch. Installing one a few inches off the floor would be more comfortable and she might be more inclined to use it.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    No!!! Take it out!!!....she'll peck it apart and eat it.

    What is your climate/location?
    Putting your location in your profile can help folks give better answers and suggestions.
     
  4. peace7673

    peace7673 New Egg

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    Vermont so pretty cold! The roost is very easy for her to get on too I think she is just weird lol . I will remove it right now!!
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Maybe make the roost wider......pics of coop and roost?
     

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