I Still Don't Know....CONCRETE???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by muscovy94, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    heY everyone, I still don't know about concreting my chicken pen that i wan't to build. If I do concrete it, wouldn't it be tough on their little feets? And also, wouldn't it be hard to clean??

    PLease give me all your thoughts on this. PS., its going to be BIG!!!
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Depends on how rough the concrete is.

    I'm putting two breeding pens on concrete... I'm hoping it will clean well.
     
  3. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine is on concrete, but I put a few inches of sand on top of it in the run.
     
  4. dave3877

    dave3877 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    concrete is easy to clean with a water hose
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Concrete is a great coop floor if you can afford it.

    It is not, in most peoples' opinions (me too!), a good *run* surface however. It is hard on their feet, and hot, and totally does not allow them any ability to scratch around and dig and such which is a really fundamental part of being a chicken. If this is a little 'porch' for occasional use and they will freerange all day every day, sure. But I would really strongly advocate against making their whole *world* concrete.

    If you really 'have' to have a concrete floored run, at least put retaining boards around it (strong and pressure-treated) and 6+" of sand or gravel or roadbase in there.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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