inside coop wall?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by only one lay, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. only one lay

    only one lay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2008
    litchfield mi
    Converting shed- put linoilumn(sp) down. read that some people use a plank around the bottom edge of the wall to make it easier to clean up and not have to deal with the joists being in the way. seems like the possibility of sitting on that board and releasing poo in the that area could be a issue. or is this a non issue that I'm overthinking?
  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    My chickens would roost on it in a flash, and poo all into the wall cavity; I've fought with them about this in two very comparable situations. OTOH maybe other chickens are different, who knows.

    If closing off the gaps (which I sure would), I'd use something solid, not chickenwire, so that feathers and bedding and dust don't accumulate down there at the bottom of the wall cavity where you can't get to them. Pieces of 2x4 would work well, or even just flaps made from scrap linoleum. I'd set them at an angle to prevent roosting.

    I've been in horse barns when stall boards that enclosed a similar open-topped wall cavity were removed after years... there can be literally FEET of dust and shavings built up back there, plus the occasional mouse/bird/barncat skeleton [​IMG]

    If you are ok with the open wall cavity, just don't want roosting, I'd suggest stringing a fairly strong wire (like steel electric-fence wire) tightly 4-6" above the top of the half wall. It will need to be *strongly* affixed to the wall with good long screws, and well tensioned, but when a chicken tries to land up there the wire won't let it perch ont he plywood and the thinness of the wire itself will keep chickens off it.

    Last edited: Apr 14, 2009

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