Does my coop need a floor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by xapikleia, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. xapikleia

    xapikleia Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 15, 2009
    So Cal Suburbs
    Sorry for asking ten thousand questions today! I still feel soooo lost with all of this.

    My coop is on the ground; do I need to have an official floor, or can it just be the earth?
  2. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    Mine has a dirt floor, less stuff for mice to hide in. I do keep bedding down for easier poo cleanup.
  3. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm in the process of building my coop and we'll just have an earth floor...we'll be using the deep-litter method which starts the composting process while still in the coop. There are some good threads about that if you do a search. I think some people use a bare dirt floor and don't use litter at all.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Mine has a floor with linoleum.

    That way I can sweep and mop it every week.

    My run is a mess though and boys today were saying it's time to rake it out and put in some sand.

    Deep litter method works, but it can get stinky and it's a mess to clean up, when it comes time.
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Mine sets right one the ground. There is a 2ft skirt of wire all the way around to prevent burrowing animals from getting in. I cover it with pine bedding which I shovel out twice a year.
  6. clayhill

    clayhill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2008
    Lee County, Arkansas
    Dirt floors are ok if nothing can dig in under the coop. I have a concrete floor and love it, but growing up we had a dirt floor. To tell the truth, we didn't even have a door that closed. I only remember losing 1 hen and that was lost to our own hound!

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