New to the chicken game, need advise


7 Years
May 29, 2012
Hello everyone!

I am just getting into the backyard chicken game and I need some advice on building my coop. I plan on getting 3 hens (I am only allowed 6 where I live) and no roosters. We are planning on a 4x4 coop with one nesting box. My real question is the floor. I live in northern california so our weather is pretty mild. I have been studying a beautiful coop that a local restaurant has and they use hog wire for the flooring, is this a good idea for mine? I was planning on having my coop a foot off the ground so I could rake and clean the poop that fell through. I was thinking that hog would be ideal for cleaning, but like I said I am new and could use advise. I also read on another website that the chickens MUST have litter is this true? Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom you might have!

So excited to get started!! :D


8 Years
Oct 26, 2011
By hog wire I'm assuming you mean hardware cloth? That will make a fine floor, just make sure it is supported well. Chickens do not need litter, they do however need somewhere to dust themselves. There are threads on here about that. Try looking through the coop pages as well for more ideas. Congrats on entering the chicken world

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