Deep bedding method - Chicken coop on dirt floor - too wet?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Maria G, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Maria G

    Maria G In the Brooder

    Feb 1, 2015
    I am wondering whether I should move my chicken into our woodshed. The woodshed has a dirt floor, which is supposed to work better for the deep bedding method.

    However, the centre of the woodshed is really wet in spring/autumn. During snow melt, there is almost a little fountain in the middle of the floor. My plan was to section off a corner in the dry area, predator proof it, build new walls in the corner to prevent draft and put up mesh wire on the other two sides so that we can sit beside the coop and enjoy the sight.

    But I am worried that there will be too much moisture in the air. Is this a bad idea? The breed is Hedemora, a sturdy Scandinavian breed that handles harsh conditions well, but I don't know if the moisture outside the chicken area will be a problem even if the chicken have a nice, dry place.

    Any advice?

    Kind regards,
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Yes, IMO it is a bad idea because of the moisture. I have always had dirt floor coops, and wouldn't have anything else - but it must be dry and well drained.. My current coop required adding over 6" of soil to the spot before building. Moisture is a problem in a coop for a multitude of reasons, whateven the floor is made of.
  3. Maria G

    Maria G In the Brooder

    Feb 1, 2015
    Thanks for your advice - you are probably right. I'll do some more checking and see if I can improve the flooring/wetness.

    If not, I'll just keep them in their old room, but get some sturdy rubber flooring then. Even though it is the best room for storing skis and bicycles.

    Chicken first!

  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    The water is coming up thru the ground? there a spring there?

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