Coop upgrade questions

truchickendiva

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Hi everyone,
I'm going to be constructing a bigger, better coop in the spring. I learned a lot from past mistakes with my first coop, and plans are that this one will be way more roomy and functional. I want it to be easy to clean, with great ventilation, and lots of space for when I hatch new flock members in the spring. One coop design that caught my interest was the wire bottomed coop, because it seemed like a great way to make cleanup easy and to increase ventilation. However, I have a couple concerns... a). Is a wire-bottomed coop predator proof? b) Will the wire bottom hurt the chickens' feet? (note here: I plan to have a good amount of roosting space so the chickens have lots of room to be off the wire). c) Will it get too cold in winter? Hope somebody has some know-how on this subject! @aart
 

DobieLover

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Hi everyone,
I'm going to be constructing a bigger, better coop in the spring. I learned a lot from past mistakes with my first coop, and plans are that this one will be way more roomy and functional. I want it to be easy to clean, with great ventilation, and lots of space for when I hatch new flock members in the spring. One coop design that caught my interest was the wire bottomed coop, because it seemed like a great way to make cleanup easy and to increase ventilation. However, I have a couple concerns... a). Is a wire-bottomed coop predator proof? b) Will the wire bottom hurt the chickens' feet? (note here: I plan to have a good amount of roosting space so the chickens have lots of room to be off the wire). c) Will it get too cold in winter? Hope somebody has some know-how on this subject! @aart
It can be predator proof with small enough holes in the wire. Which then makes it very difficult for the poop to pass through. 🤔 It certainly offers lots of ventilation but there are other ways of getting it without a wire floor. And, yes, jumping off the roost onto wire can hurt the feet.

Have you considered a walk in style coop with poop boards? That is what I switched over to and I'd never do it any other way. I scoop the boards out each morning and clean the bedding out annually. I can get away with annually because my run has a solid roof and is as predator proof as the coop so I never close the pop door and probably 95% of the annual poop load is either in the run cold composting with the wood chips, in the pen or gets scooped off the boards.

A Wood's style coop in your area would be a great idea too.
 

truchickendiva

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Jul 3, 2020
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Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada
It can be predator proof with small enough holes in the wire. Which then makes it very difficult for the poop to pass through. 🤔 It certainly offers lots of ventilation but there are other ways of getting it without a wire floor. And, yes, jumping off the roost onto wire can hurt the feet.

Have you considered a walk in style coop with poop boards? That is what I switched over to and I'd never do it any other way. I scoop the boards out each morning and clean the bedding out annually. I can get away with annually because my run has a solid roof and is as predator proof as the coop so I never close the pop door and probably 90% of the annual poop load is either in the run cold composting with the wood chips, in the pen or gets scooped off the boards.

A Wood's style coop in your area would be a great idea too.
Thanks for replying @DobieLover ! I'll certainly consider the options you mentioned. That makes a lot more sense - I'm willing to go the extra mile to make things as good as I can for my birds.
 

DobieLover

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If the run has a solid roof?
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