Need a durable floor material for shoveling.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RichM, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. RichM

    RichM Just Hatched

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    My cheap coop I bought on the internet is too small now! My birds won't go in at night now that they are all egg layers. I have to force them in until morning. I have to build a new coop!

    My current coop has a sheet metal floor/tray, and I like that because it's very resistant to the moisture that can build up under the bedding, and I can scrape it with a flat head shovel without damaging it. However, my new coop is going to be significantly bigger than my first one, and I don't think it will be feasible to buy a flat peace of metal that will fit it exactly.

    I'd like to design the coop so that I can open a whole side, shovel the old bedding into a wheelbarrow without damaging the floor. My first idea would be to make a removable wooden tray that fits the floor exactly, and just replace it when it wears out.

    I'd like to know what others have done.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I use thin sheets of HDPE (high density polyethylene).
    The poop strips right off. I cover it with pine shavings.
    My coops are an odd configuration so I had to weld a couple pieces together but it is very durable. It comes in 4X8 sheets.
    If you know anything about plastic welding I think you'd like it or even just use whole sheets.

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    this is after it is covered with pine shavings
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    If your birds don't have outdoor access, you'd have to trim their nails because they won't wear them down scratching on the plastic.
    I get it from a place called low cost metals and they sell on ebay.
    It comes in black, white, yellow, orange, blue and perhaps other colors.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/140546654617?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
     
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  3. RichM

    RichM Just Hatched

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    Do you have to glue that stuff down? I imagine it is shipped in a roll, right? will it try to keep it's curve?
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, it is shipped in a roll but if you lay it out flat it will lose that memory. Probably faster if you put it in the sun.
    What I did was put wood trim around the edges to hold it in place. You can see the edger boards in the last picture.
    The stuff is really tough though.
    I guess you could glue it. I never thought of that.
     
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  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You could use self-leveling concrete.
     
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  6. AEJEfarm

    AEJEfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I Used Behr deck over paint not only on the floors but also 6 inches up the walls. its scratch, stain and water resistant. I use a shovel to clean the coop as well and have no issues. Also you can get it in any color you want. every now and then I rinse the place out with a hose and don't have to worry about it affecting the wood. I would recommend it.
     
  7. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I use a sheet of vinyl flooring (the heavier the better) that is just friction fitted in the coop (my coop is only 4'x8') to run up the walls about 4" to 6". I shovel out the heavy stuff and pop out the vinyl flooring hose it off pop it back into place. I have had it about 4 years and it beginning to crack and show it age now (Canada winters) but a little duct tape can hide a majority of sins. Works for me.

    Easy Peasy Japanese.


     
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  8. HennyB

    HennyB Out Of The Brooder

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    I was looking at this yesterday, and I see they have various degrees of texturing. Do you still like your choice and is it the most untextured version? I would imagine high texture would be difficult to clean out.
     
  9. RichM

    RichM Just Hatched

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    I was going to go with the least textured for sure. The texturing is so you don't slip and fall on the deck. Not an issue in a chicken coop.
     
  10. HennyB

    HennyB Out Of The Brooder

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    I just had this crazy mental image of the entire comedic scenario playing out of someone slipping and sliding around on a poopy chicken coop floor. [​IMG]
     

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