does anyone recommend a product to waterproof the floor or part of the walls of the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rynanne, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. rynanne

    rynanne In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2011
    I've seen on home improvement shows that there are products that seal out/in moisture. I was wondering if anyone has used or knows of a safe product to use to make it easier to clean out coops. I'm designing mine and can't figure out the best way to help keep it easier to clean. I say that knowing that chickens are messy and I will still need to clean the coop regularly. I'm just looking for something that will help with that.

  2. Charrisse

    Charrisse In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2012
    Nashville, Indiana
    Here's what we did, and my guys are still babies so it hasn't exactly been tested yet - but in theory it should work lol

    The inside of the coop is plywood, and it is insulated then we have bead board on the outside, red tin roof. The coop is 12x8 and 8 feet tall, with vaulted ceiling inside. 2 human doors, 3 windows, 1 "pullet-shut" chicken door on a photo sensor and solar power.

    My husband, being in all trades in construction and a painter, decided to use the same stuff on the inside and outside of the coop, that we used to seal the logs on our house. Its some high grade professional stuff, that I would compare to some form of deck sealer/ water repellent. It looks really nice, and we can literally hose out the coop when needed. Also, under the roosts, we cut a "trap door" that falls open when unlatched (the coop is off the ground on one side by about 4 feet, unlevel ground lol) and I can park a wheelbarrow right there, shovel the poop and bedding right thru that trap door then hose the whole she-bang out.
  3. florida lee

    florida lee Songster

    Apr 6, 2011
    I used Sparr Urethane ( the kind made for boats - available in Walmart, Lowes etc. made by Min-wax). on mine. It makes clean up real easy. I used it on the poop boards in one coop and used nothing on the poop boards in another what a difference. the one with the Urethane made cleaning the poop boards easy. I also used it on the floor (I have wood floors in my coops.) Its about $14 .
  4. tish_matt

    tish_matt In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2011
    We use a tarp with excercise padding/flooring on top, poop just scrapes right off.
  5. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Songster

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    i use vinyl tiles at Lowe's in their discontinued stuff i got them 12x12 inches for 5 cents a piece
  6. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    I used a rubberized roof coat product I got from Lowes (Blackjack#57). If it can stand up to protecting and sealing a roof in all kinds of weather and temp extremes, it can easily handle protecting a chicken coop floor. Unlike vinyl or linolium, it becomes a permanent part of the floor. It doesn't crack or peel. To apply. I dumped it onto the floor and pushed it around with a roller. It totally seals all floor seams and the gap where the walls meet the floor. It has been in the coop 2yrs, and looks as good as when I first put it in there.
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  7. I found a sheet of vinyl flooring at Habitat For Humanity Re-Store for $3. I plan to glue it down with a full spread of glue. The floor (of the soon to be built raised coop) will slope slightly toward the side door and the awaiting wheel barrow.
  8. ChicksinFL

    ChicksinFL Chirping

    Aug 11, 2011
    This is what we used too and has worked great so far.
  9. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I used a high quality, semi-gloss, exterior paint on the inside walls and a solid sheet of textured fiberglass paneling on the floor. Very washable. There are lots of options and we just chose what was on super sale and would allow my husband to pressure wash inside if necessary (he's convinced it will need that eventually).
  10. bj taylor

    bj taylor Songster

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    we used cheap linoleum from lowes for the floor and cheap sheets of material used in showers & such to cover the walls. i have a wash out door so i can take a high pressure water hose from time to time & really clean things out

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