Poll: Best chicken coop floor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sweet Basil, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. concrete

    6 vote(s)
    7.1%
  2. unfinished wood

    8 vote(s)
    9.5%
  3. painted wood

    8 vote(s)
    9.5%
  4. linoleum/vinyl flooring

    22 vote(s)
    26.2%
  5. wire mesh

    3 vote(s)
    3.6%
  6. bamboo

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. grass/ground cover (for example, if you are using a portable coop)

    4 vote(s)
    4.8%
  8. deep litter method (using wood chips, sawdust, leaves, grass, etc.)

    28 vote(s)
    33.3%
  9. dirt

    12 vote(s)
    14.3%
  10. sand

    15 vote(s)
    17.9%
  11. gravel

    3 vote(s)
    3.6%
  12. OTHER

    8 vote(s)
    9.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Sweet Basil

    Sweet Basil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am seeking your opinions and input about what floor to put in our future chicken coop. This is the first time I have started a poll. If I have created this correctly, you may pick more than one answer. If you have any comments or prefer a flooring that is not listed in the poll, please tell me about it. Thanks!
     
  2. Chickenloving

    Chickenloving Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Concrete floors are icky. :sick
     
  3. Sweet Basil

    Sweet Basil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the votes. I realized after I finished making this poll that I should probably have put it in a different section of the forum.

    --Thank you to the moderators for moving this thread to the correct part of the forum!
     
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  4. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best floor, IMO, 3/4" plywood, covered by Blackjack #57. It's a rubberized roof coat product I got from Lowes. You put this down, and forget about your coop's floor. It totally seals all floor joints, as well as the floor to wall seam. Vinyl or linoleum will age and fail at some point, letting moisture, chickens crap, and who knows what else, (Bugs, parasites) under it to eat at your floor. Then you will need to tear this crap crusted mess out of your coop, a piece at a time, and replace it. The roofcoat has been down in my coop over 4yrs now, and looks just like it did when I first put it in there. Not bulletproof, but for sure chicken proof.
     
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  5. maverick7wi

    maverick7wi Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I'm about to raise chickens once winter breaks here in ND (which may be a while yet ;)). Anyway, I inherited a large old chicken coop from the previous homeowners. After a thorough cleaning, I would like to do something different with the floor and really like your idea. The existing floor is dirt and seems to be very dusty. I'm not seeing Blackjack #57 on Lowe's website. Can you provide more of a description? Thanks.
     
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  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Concrete works great with the deep litter method!
     
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  7. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's the link. This is what I used.



    http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&productId=3043257
     
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  8. Sweet Basil

    Sweet Basil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks again for the votes and the info you all shared! I'm leaning toward using a dirt floor with the deep litter method for our new coop (when it warms up enough to finish building it). Our coop will be in a high spot that will stay nice and dry compared to the rest of the yard, so the coop will not become a mud pit. I think JackE's suggestion might be my second choice. Dirt fits my budget much better, though. [​IMG]
     
  9. Aacre

    Aacre Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a dirt floor in my coop. In the summers I like to leave it just plain dirt, as my chickens usually free range most of the day in the warm months, so no need for much litter. In the winter/cold months, I lay hay/straw down for added insulation and it gives the chickens something to peck at when they won't go out in the run. My chickens love the dirt floor because they can make their own dust bath bowls in the dirt, so in the summer they can cool off in the shaded coop while taking a dust bath. [​IMG]
     
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  10. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Went to Lowe's today looking for a piece of vinyl to put in the coop and came across a clearance shelf in the flooring department and found the 12x12 stick down vinyl tiles .05 cents a piece, $1.28 for the whole floor."score"
     

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