Dirt floor coop vs raised wood floor coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MotherOfChickens, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. Dirt Floor Coop

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  2. Raised Wood Floor Coop

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  1. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Sounds like you've got a good plan now! Take pictures of your conversion to show off later.
     
  2. MotherOfChickens

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    Haha! Will do!
     
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  3. Ducksandchickens

    Ducksandchickens Free Ranging

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    I don’t use dirt or raised. (Obviously there is dirt underneath) but I use sand. Easy to clean and sanitary
     
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  4. MotherOfChickens

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    I am looking to do DLM
     
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  6. Folly's place

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    My coop is on an old broken concrete floor, so not exactly dirt, but it shares some of the same advantages. It's walk-in! Deep bedding works, and with a good predator-proof skirt, nothing gets in underneath. Nobody lives under it. The wood floor isn't an added expense that will rot out and be chewable.
    Mary
     
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  7. Farmgirl1878

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    DLM sounds like it would be more work than sand... My coop, nest boxes, and run are all sand. I scoop in the morning and once in the afternoon (just because I’m out there anyway watching chicken tv). Easey peasey.
     
  8. MotherOfChickens

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    Will you share photos of them with me?
     
  9. Folly's place

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    I'm down to (ONLY!) 46 chickens for the winter, and have no interest in daily poop scooping. It may make sense for some, but not for a flock, so deep bedding, and semi-annual cleanout has been my method for decades.
    It's a choice between intensive poo management, and having a desert climate to manage the issues with damp stinky sand, or deep litter that the birds enjoy turning over every day.
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  10. Farmgirl1878

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    Whew! I've only got fifteen in the coop and half of them are only thirteen weeks old (so smaller poops)!! I don't mind scooping and the sand does stay dry, so it's like what i'd imagine a litter box is like. Plus, I have a lot of zeolite mixed in which keeps things drier.
     
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