Dirt floor disadvantages?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Scoop, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    Can anyone tell me the disadvantages of a dirt floor over a wooden floor? I have a wooden one now and have no problems, but I'm adding on to this coop. I am considering a dirt floor. Any input on this subject would be great! [​IMG]
     
  2. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Easier for predators to dig their way in.....

    Weather could be an issue.... flooding with a heavy rain or spring thaw... leaving you with more muck and mud than a regular floor.

    Just some thoughts....
     
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    dirt floor - you don't always know when to stop cleaning! very hard to sweep out the dirt! [​IMG]
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I'm with Jab on the predator issue It would be SO eassy for something to dig their way in to your chickens.
     
  5. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    Yep, I've considered the varmits digging in and have block I can put all around perimeter. My husband says it would be easier to just put in a wooden floor. I guess he's right!
     
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Quote:Thats the only trouble Ive had with dirt floors, no matter how much you clean, you never get all the dirt. [​IMG] I have never had any trouble with dirt floors in my coops. And Ive onlt had coops with dirt floors.
     
  7. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Quote:some critters start outside the block area and tunnel way in and under.... you'd be amazed. even folks who have used used wire mesh down and under have had critters get in.
     
  8. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

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    Biosecurity - some bacteria can get into the dirt and linger for a long, long time. You can bleach wash a wooden floor. Not so much, with dirt.
    -Spooky
     
  9. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    Sounds like I better stick with a wood floor. Thanks for the posts everyone! I love this website! [​IMG]
     
  10. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    I don't know I find the dirt floor much easier to clean than the wooden floor in our original coop. I use a rake to get the poo out and a screen to shake back the excess dirt. I can finish cleaning our 12 x 36 foot coop which is divided into three separate coops way before DH cleans his 8 x 10 wooden floor coop. The only disadvantage I think you might find is the dirt floor is much colder than the wooden floor coop. We are in Florida and usually we don't get that cold (yeah right it was 19 this morning) I also find the dirt floor coop does not smell like the wooden floor coop.
     

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