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Deep Litter or gravel or concrete flooring?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lynngroup, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. lynngroup

    lynngroup Hatching

    Oct 12, 2008
    I will build a 20 x 12 chicken coop on to a utility shed which has an existing
    concrete floor next Spring. My question to the list is what kind of flooring
    do you prefer for your coops and why? Deep litter, gravel/dirt or concrete?

    What are the advantages pro and con of a deep litter floor.

    I am leaning to a deep litter floor as a means to reduce construction costs.
    I have access to lots of pine needles to keep the floor clean. Don't know
    what kind of bedding would work best for the floor if I go with deep litter.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

    Northern Illinois
  2. We put planks over concrete to cut down on the amount of bedding we'd need. I'm very pleased. I dust the boards with food-grade diatomaceous earth and Stable Boy powder and use wood shavings. Cool in summer and toasty now...[​IMG]

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