Deep litter with a floor door


11 Years
Apr 22, 2010
I have a raised coop. I would like to use the deep litter method but I want the door to be in the floor as my run doesn't have a solid roof. This way they can go out in the rain/snow without getting wet/frozen. I also want to have an exterior door closer.

I was thinking about putting a box around the floor hole and a sliding panel underneath between the joists. Would I have to attach the ramp to the top of the box? Then I would have to make a cut out for the ramp in the panel. Has anyone tried this? Any other suggestions?


Scarborough Fair
6 Years
Jul 3, 2016
WA, Pac NW
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I can't imagine how an auto door would work horizontally... probably would have to build your own.

Not sure how having a floor hatch solves the issue of rain/snow either, they'll only have what little space is under the coop, so you're not really solving the problem. A good ol' shovel fixes snow, at least for a little while. ;)

Deep litter (not deep bedding) really benefits from a dirt floor, which you obviously wouldn't have, so that's something to think about.

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