new hen owner,should i build a floor in the hen house/proper cleaning

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by springviews, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. springviews

    springviews In the Brooder

    Jul 13, 2008
    hi i am new w/ chickens we made a hen house off the side of my old horse shed the walls arent complete but should i put a floor in it the winters here in central illinois arent to extreme can i use wood chips,should it be straw,thanks to all who can help me out.
  2. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    I think a dirt floor is fine, if it stays dry.

    I use wood shavings, pine ones, but you could use straw if you like. I think straw gets massier faster, but people use both.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    A dirt floor is quite reasonable IMO as long as a) it is always well drained -- it does not tend to get muddy or damp when you have the spring thaw or big rains -- and b) you can adequately protect it from predators that want to tunnel under walls. Assuming that a is true and you can rig something suitable up for b, I'd say go for it.

    Good luck and have fun,


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