Hardware cloth floor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by speedy2020, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    I want to replace my wood floor with 1/2"x1" hardware cloth for easy cleaning. Have anyone done it? What is the best hole size and easy for chickens feet? Please share your opinion.

  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    Depends on the chicken breed. For some breeds , like Jersey Giants or other heavy breeds it might not a good idea at all. The wire can cut into their feet and cause bumble foot and infections.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I use 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth as the floor of my brooder. I have not seen any foot problems. The chick poop falls on through, partly because it is so small and partly because they walk on it and scratch it through.

    I have occasionally used this brooder for larger chickens for isolation. Their poop does not fall through but builds up. It can stay wet too and not dry out. That's not healthy.

    I have not tried 1/2" x 1" so have no experience with it. I'll just say I don't think 1/2" x 1/2" will work the way you want. I strongly suspect a larger size would work, but I don't have experience to know what size.
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

  5. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    I will check out the vinyl lactate from Home Depot this week. It sound like the hardware cloth isn't good idea for large bird.
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    It's at either bid box home improvement store- same stuff.

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