Old metal shed. NEW FLOOR :)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rehric00, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. rehric00

    rehric00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, this is my first year raising chickens, and boy! It has been interesting. My neighbors were going to throw away this old 12x8 metal shed in the spring and I gladly took it off their hands to turn into a coop. I had no floor, but we sat it on a concrete pad, keep the chickens safe and secure- that is, from everything except water!

    That stupid thing floods every time it rains... I have cleaned and caulked and cleaned and sprayed and tried everything under the sun to fix the gaps between the metal and concrete but it still leaks. Soooo, I broke down and went to buy the wood to make a new, REAL floor for my coop. I cannot wait until we have it done!!

    I am very much looking forward to a clean and DRY coop, but probably not has much as my girls are ;) I am also going to make a new door and add some windows and vents, if time/money allows. I cannot tell you guys how excited I am to have a like-new coop after a couple weeks :D

    What have you all done to renovate and update your coop? Any suggestions or ideas??
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    This is my metal coop it was a rescue as well. It is only 4x8 foot print. I mounted it on a trailer. I move once a year run and all and plant my garden in the vacated patch.

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  3. rehric00

    rehric00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is so cool! I love the idea of being able to move it! Very neat. Now I wish I coulda have done something similar! Do you have an leaking issues? Or does it stay dry during heavy rains and winter?
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    No leaking issues as of yet winter or summer. I have it insulated with 2" of Styrofoam (more against the heat than the cold). I also have an inner hardware cloth screen door recently installed I leave open most days summer and winter is my plan.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You need to figure out where the water is coming from and fix it.

    You can put a wood floor in there but there will still be water underneath that wood floor, which will continue to keep high humidity in the coop, decrease the life of the brand new wood floor and create a fine place for mold and mildew to grow.

    Rodents love to live under a wood floor too.
     
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe your coop is in a bit of a depression and water is pooling around it.
    Elevate your coop floor the height of one cinder block when you complete your wood floor.
    I would think that may elevate most of your wet floor issues inside. It may also give your birds a shady spot to dust bathe under in the summer months.
     
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  7. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed. Best of luck!
     
  8. rehric00

    rehric00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to build a frame atop of four corner blocks. Trist me! This baby needs elevated. That is why I am doing it this way. It will have a 8 inch "crawl space" ehen done. I will post pics. Should be done next week :D cannot wait!
     
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  9. rehric00

    rehric00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Working on the floor today! Worked twelve hour night shift last night, got up at one, already have the ten thousand pound shed moved out of the way, but also have concrete pad cleaned and ready to start cutting and screwing frame together. Tomorrow, I will have a new, DRY, floor :) cannot wait!!!
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Are you going to build the 'floor' then put the shed on top of new floor?

    Gonna take some pics to post?
     

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