Floors on my coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Abunari, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. Abunari

    Abunari Chirping

    Jan 1, 2015
    I am building a shed style coop with plans I found on Ana whites web site. i have a lot of salvaged material I have been given to use.

    My big question is is it ok to use 1/2 plywood on the floor or do I really need to spend the money on a sheet of 3/4 thick. I really can't spend a lot and the thicker sheet is almost 40 bucks. I am the only person getting inside and I weigh 130 lbs

    Thanks for the help

  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    If money is an issue.... I would go with a dirt floor, and only spend money on quality strong hardware cloth to surround the entire coop and run. (bury the hardware cloth, you can also pin it out like an apron and/or have a strip of rocks all around the edge of the coop and run).

    If you are lucky, maybe you can find fencing for free.

    Or, if you have lots of free wood, make two sides of the run solid wood, and only two sides quality expensive hardware cloth.
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Dirt or concrete floors are the best; spend money on the biggest coop and predator proof foundation. Mary
  4. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Crowing

    May 25, 2010
    NW Georgia
    a 4x8 sheet of 3/4 OSB subfloor at home depot here is $17......but, if you have some 1/2" plywood that you have no other use for, then it will work if your floor joists are 16" on center. You'll feel a little "flex" in the floor but it will hold up for quite a while.

    I've had coops with dirt floors and raised floors. After having a raised floor, I'll never build another one with a dirt floor. No worries about rain running in under the walls or a muddy mess to go into to gather the eggs, change or add feed/water.......and if you're having to pinch pennies to get by and can't buy 3/4" plywood, concrete will definitely be out of price range

  5. ECBW

    ECBW Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    1/2 is fine especially if the coop is small that only chickens are expected to occupy it.

    I also gone the route of scavenge, design and build.

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