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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenlover237, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. donniek

    donniek Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm definitely down with the vinyl flooring trick... might even fab up one of those slide out trays to get the bulk of the nastiness out at one whack, and to remove in order to let the water have someplace to go whenever it needs a good hose job.

    I'm a former home builder so building the structure isn't much of a challenge, but some of the little details require a little thought.
     
  2. Latestarter

    Latestarter Overrun With Chickens

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    Hey Donnie:
    I have to keep repeating to myself the following mantra: "it's just a CHICKEN COOP! NOT for human occupation!" [​IMG] Of course I'm still building to almost human home standards... go figure [​IMG] There are many on here who are (IMHO) "cleanliness freaks" and want the inside of the coop to be as clean as their kitchen counter. [​IMG] I mean really, would YOU ever intend to eat anything off the coop floor? Then there are others who have dirt floored coops and may clean it out once a year. I have personally experienced coops that hadn't been cleaned for MULTIPLE years![​IMG] some were as you'd expect... horrible. others, you wouldn't have known without being told.

    I personally don't want the odor that normally accompanies the housing of chickens... At the same time, I'm alone and have enough tasks to maintain and don't really want to add any more labor intensive hobbies to my already long list! (Yeah, you can say I'm lazy [​IMG] )
    After much research, I determined that the deep litter method would work best for me (In the coop as well as the run). [​IMG] I have raised coops with wood floors so in order for it to work, I needed to ensure the wood floor as well as the lower portions of the wall and wall floor joint area was sealed. That way the dirt I add as well as any moisture would not rot the wood. Linoleum is almost OK for those who clean daily or weekly...a couple of problems include it's slippery, and doesn't form a "seal" where it meets the walls. Bend it up the walls and it can crack causing leaks. It's also next to impossible to seal around studs if no interior wall.
    The chickens don't need interior walls, the human does [​IMG] Interior walls are really only needed if you intend to insulate (another thing the chickens don't really need) [​IMG]

    Anyway, to shorten this novella, I did NOT put up interior walls and painted the floors and several feet up the walls with "Blackjack #57" (I bought mine at Lowes for a little over $50.00) and I also placed "hatches" near floor level that open to the run areas so that when the deep litter does need to be cleaned out, I simply open the hatch and shovel/push/sweep the litter out into the run. I expect to do a clean once a year, maybe twice, we'll see. I won't have a 'lot" of chickens in a small area, so the litter should be good for quite some time between cleanings.

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    If I really needed to, I could open the hatches and hose the coop out, though I can't foresee the need to do that. (I painted higher up the front wall as the roosts will be up against that wall).
     
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  3. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hey Latestarter, thanks for the link to the video on blackjack. I always wondered about it. [​IMG]
     
  4. jtbass2756

    jtbass2756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]Does it say on the label if its ok for animals...??? Chickens are known for picking at anything in the coop...usually out of boredom! LOL[​IMG]
     
  5. bruceha2000

    bruceha2000 Chicken Obsessed

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    Love the idea but plexiglass is so feaking expensive I've opted for very clear (well at least before all the dust gets to it) 8 mil plastic sheeting.

    Step 1, don't have flat surfaces other than the floor and roosts
    Step 2, make sure the roosts are at least a foot from the walls. You need this to keep the birds' tails from running into the wall anyway.

    I don't know about everyone else's birds (especially those who commented opposite of this) but my birds poop down, not out. They poop wherever they are (except in the nests) but I've seen no evidence of projectile pooping. You could put a 1 or 2 foot high plywood border on the wall at floor level to contain shavings (or whatever you are going to use) and paint it and the floor with the waterproof stuff mentioned earlier if you feel the need. I think I would do the border strip just because it would be a PITA to clean everything out if you had to rake/sweep/whatever between the studs.

    3 interior walls of my coop are plywood, the back is boards. (*) I have no "protection" on the walls. The floor is dirt with 1/2" hardware cloth over that and run up the wall about a foot (saw an ermine by our house 1.5 years ago). The floor is covered by horse mats (*) with deep litter pine shavings over them.

    (*) Why? Because that is how the stall was built by whoever built it [​IMG]
    Bruce
     
  6. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Overrun With Chickens

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    Many companies don't use interior walls or just particle board to cut down on expenses but still charge exhorbitant prices. Amish coops are still in my estimation the best built with pine board which should be easier to clean off poop than off of cheap particle board - but they are rightfully expensive. So many considerations in setting up a coop that's both healthy for the chickens and for the owner to maintain/clean/access.

    Good luck with your decisions.
     
  7. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Overrun With Chickens

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    HaHa Bruce - Obviously you've not had Silkies before. Those little buggers can really squirt especially after eating produce! We measured over a 6-inches long squirt from a 2-lb Silkie because we couldn't believe it ourselves LOL ! Granted it's not usual in firm poops but those watery ones can really fly and even surprises the chicken herself.
     
  8. bruceha2000

    bruceha2000 Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm with you on that. I won't buy particle board. Just a LOT of glue and wood flakes. Or "press board" glue and sawdust. Both are far heavier than real wood and neither hold a screw worth a hoot. Get them wet? they fall apart. Spend more money on real wood that will last longer than you do, even if you are born tomorrow.
     
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  9. JekkaLynn

    JekkaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You hate oppossoms? But they are not rodents they are Marsupials....they have their babies in pouches!!! Like wallabies and kangaroos! Everyone loves Marsupials!
     
  10. kenmlang

    kenmlang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not chickeneers!! 'Possums eat chickens!!
     
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