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Question about what to use on flooring

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bigburd1979, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. bigburd1979

    bigburd1979 New Egg

    Aug 10, 2015
    We have left over deck boards that are treated and we were wondering if this would be OK to use for the floor inside the coop? They are old boards that have been weather for a few years just didn't know if this could effect the chickens or not since they are treated. Any recommendations to use these or not?
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    Welcome! Is it too late to just use a dirt floor? Old deck boards might be fine; the problem might be the spaces in between each board, as far as controlling 'varmits' is concerned. Were you going to use deep bedding? A solid topper on the deck boards? Mary
  3. bigburd1979

    bigburd1979 New Egg

    Aug 10, 2015
    If we needed to we were going to get osb to put on top of the deck boards, but we were going to try and get the boards as close together as possible to prevent drafts and other critters from getting in if we could just use the deck boards. Trying to repurpose as much wood as we can.
  4. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    I wouldn't use osb for flooring in a chicken coop it doesn't hold up well to getting wet and it will end up getting wet. I used 3/4" plywood in mine and covered it with linseed oil as a preserver. The deck boards will work but at some point will likely have gaps allowing rodents and even worse, weasels into the coop.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016
  5. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2016
    Inez, ky
    I always do mine on dirt floor. Use deck boards or plywood. DO NOT use osb. It's garbage.
  6. bigburd1979

    bigburd1979 New Egg

    Aug 10, 2015
    Ok great thanks for all the info!!

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