Maybe I headed that wrong! Wire bottom or solid bottom?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dr.Doorlock, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are spending their first night in the soon to be finished Coop De Ville, the Cadillac of Coops. Since I got conflicting information about what kind of bottom to put on my coop, I made it convertible for the seasons. Take a look at:

    http://mysite.verizon.net/reswuzne/ConvertibleCoup.wmv
     
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it nice idea, my question is : what if the chicken made it real dirty in winter, will it be easy to open it when you need?

    I got both my coops on solid floors,one is concrete floor, and the other one is wood floor.

    omran
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    YES! What a great idea, the slide-in floor!

    I built my first coop when I lived in Austin- I had 1/2" hardware cloth for summer ventilation, and for winter warmth I cut several pieces of plywood to fit the floor. Worked like a champ. The plywood was small enough that I could handle the pieces alone. Scrape into the compost and return to the coop. I like the sliding floor better. Naturally, when you remove the sheet, some is going to remain, but all at the end and easy to clean.
    Thanks for a great idea!
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    Dang, I thought I'd had an original idea, calling mine Coop de Ville. Rats.
     
  4. Hoot

    Hoot Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey doc,

    Great idea! I am considering the same thing. Here in Florida we don't get a lot of cold weather, but every few years we will get a few cold fronts that drop us down in the 20's.

    I was thinking of using a sheet of formica laminant for the slide in bottom. It would be easy to clean and water resistant.

    Most of the time the girls will have a 1x1 wire under them for ventilation.

    Hoot
     
  5. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    why not use coroplast as a cover/slide in? Or is that too slippery? It's cheap and washable. (I used that for my guinea pig cage).
    Love the sliding thing![​IMG]
     
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  6. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:make it so that the slide out part is below the wire bottom and you can make it out sheet metal or whatever you choose..
     
  7. Hoot

    Hoot Out Of The Brooder

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    It will slide below the 1x1 wire.

    lol...A chicken of a formica top. That would be funny.


    Y'all don't need to give me ideas like that.

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  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    No matter what kind of wire you use for a floor, it is going to sag.

    I assume you are meaning 1x1 chicken wire/poultry netting

    that is pretty light guage wire and it will sag a lot..
     
  9. Hoot

    Hoot Out Of The Brooder

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    This is 1x1 construction cloth is what I have heard it called. Square holes. The coop it's self will only be a 4x4 and the floor will have 1 runner down the center. It shouldn't sag very much.

    Slide in wind break will be 3 1/2 inches below that.

    Hoot
     
  10. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:well, that makes me feel better.[​IMG]

    I bought a cage at a rumage sale and the bottom slide out tray is only about an inch below the wire floor.. way too tight..[​IMG]

    it was built for a parrot.. maybe they don't s--= as much as a young turkey does......[​IMG]
     

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