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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ktbarns.com, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. ktbarns.com

    ktbarns.com Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 15, 2010
    One thing we do for our coops is to put a wire mesh under the roost. this allows droppings to pass right through. We also put in a removable
    plexi-glass in the door for extra ventilation on hot days.


  2. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    That's a good idea, but I'm not sure if that is going to work for people in the north. I think it would let in a lot of cold air. I find the poop boards work great. It only take a couple of minutes to scrape them off daily. A lot of BYCers use them in various forms. Just an idea.
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Poop pass right through? I haven't found that to be the case, and I have bantams with droppings smaller than standard size chickens. I have found that a fair amount of droppings get caught on the wire, and then you have to scrape/clean the wire, which to me is a very tedious job. And of course wire isn't easy on a chicken's feet, so you wouldn't want the bottom of your coop to be composed only of wire anyway.

    I like plastic boot trays under the roost. They're light and you can take them over to your composter, dump out the contents, and hose them down. Then when you replace them they're clean as a whistle.

    One other issue with wire bottoms is predation. If the openings in the wire are larger than 1/2" by 1/2", you risk having some critter grab at your chickens through the wire. I've also read about birds having their feet bitten off through wire bottom cages.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2010
  4. V Comb

    V Comb Chillin' With My Peeps

    That would be great for here in Australia, it don't get too cold in most places. I'd enjoy one of those... [​IMG]

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