Floor of Chicken Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by midas, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. midas

    midas New Egg

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    Hello,

    This is my first post so here goes.
    We just got 4 chicks and I am developing a design for the coop/Hen House right now.
    My question is ,will Cloth wire work well as a Solid floor for the Chickens House.
    My neighbor built his coop a few weeks ago and used that as the floor. So what happens is all the poop falls through the Cloth Wire to a Galvanized pan that has Pine Shavings in it. My worry is that it my not be great for the Chickens feet to walk on the Wire when inside the coop.

    What do you think.

    Jeff
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Hello there, and welcome to BYC!![​IMG]

    Wire IS hard on their feet and you'll end up with chickens having bumble foot... a pain to treat and get rid of.

    I have linoleum. We put down DE w/ pine shavings, then sweep and mop, EVERY WEEK!

    In the winter I trench the garden and bury the shavings/DE/poop mix.

    I had HUGE tomatoes this year. The 115 plus temps for the past two weeks has now officially baked my garden so I'll soon start 'trenching' again for my winter garden that I'll plant on Labor Day weekend.
     
  3. midas

    midas New Egg

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    Thanks for the info. I too thought that might be hard on the feet but was not sure.

    PM sent for another topic.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  4. vinniepoch

    vinniepoch Out Of The Brooder

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    hey, don't use a wire for the floor, their feet don't like it. we used plywood and went to a flooring store and got some remnants of vinal flooring. we screwed it down and it sweeps out quite easy.
     
  5. AnnesChicks

    AnnesChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have eight hens in a small coop with a wood floor. We painted the coop inside and out. I use the deep litter method and have not cleaned my coop since March! Seriously, no smell, no flies. Also DE is supposed to be benificial in preventing problems with mites.

    Buy a bale of wood shavings (not cedar) from your local feed store about $8, buy a bag of Stall Dri (DE & Clay) about $12. I am about 1/3 into my second bale since February and my Stall Dri will probably last for years.

    Once a week add a few inches of fresh shavings and a couple cups of Stall Dri, give it a light raking...that is it. I also use a big hanging feeder and fill that on the weekend. My daily chores are tossing scratch, checking on water and oh yes providing treats!

    As long as the litter stays dry there is very little odor. Two or three times a year rake it out, compost it and use it in your garden.
     
  6. SS

    SS Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] I hear linoleum works wonders. as for me I'm still rocking the dirt floor which works fine for me.
     
  7. lavacaw

    lavacaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dirt works great! Deep Litter method on dirt even better. [​IMG]
     
  8. kipper

    kipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Deep litter is great. Use DE and it doesn't smell, too easy!
     
  9. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    Sorry, but what is DE?
     
  10. BantyRooster

    BantyRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Diatomaceous Earth.

    Lots of good uses. Check Google.

    Hello Midas and welcome.

    I wouldnt use the wire cloth either. Plywood, either plain, painted or covered with vinyl and wood chips would be my suggestion. If you leave one side hinged on a hutch style coop or use a rake and shovel in a walk in coop, I think you would be good.

    My mixed flock hen house has a natural sand floor and I use deep litter method which works well for me. Another coop has concrete floor with deep litter as well. Both are easy to clean, but I think the natural earth breathes better.

    Though I have used all three in the past, personally I like the natural floor better.
     
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