Raised composting coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sholmes, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. sholmes

    sholmes New Egg

    Mar 11, 2017
    So I've been thinking of building a raised chicken coop, the coop is going to be on 4 posts raised about a metre off the ground. The coop will have a thick gauge wire floor and underneath will be a compost pile. This way the chicken poop will fall into the compost pile and there will be minimal cleaning. I have not found anything like this online and it makes me think there might be a reason why nobody is doing this but I can't find a negative except difficult access to the chickens. Does anybody have any thoughts on if this will or won't work before I build it? Thank you in advance
  2. sholmes

    sholmes New Egg

    Mar 11, 2017

    A close example of what I am thinking except with three sides around the posts sealed and one side open to access the compost
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2017
  3. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2014
    Housing directly on wire flooring can cause all sorts of foot problems not to mention predators can reach through if it is too large. My first thought is that any gauge wire that is thick enough and with small enough squares to house the chickens on safely won't be large enough to allow the poop to fall through.
  4. sholmes

    sholmes New Egg

    Mar 11, 2017

    Hi, thanks for your response, the main predator I'm trying to stop is foxes, inside the coop there will be a large amount of perches for them to perch on. The flock is free ranging so they will only be roosting in the coop at night. I was thinking of 50mmx50mm squares on the wire which I think would be sufficient to stop a fox and let the droppings fall through the wire but I am unsure?

  5. sholmes

    sholmes New Egg

    Mar 11, 2017
  6. sholmes

    sholmes New Egg

    Mar 11, 2017
    Anyone have anymore thoughts on this idea?
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC.

    50 x 50mm is too big for stable footing for birds.
    25 x 25mm would be better but may not let all the poops fall thru easily.
    Even that might cause foot problems when birds jump down from roosts/perches.

    There is a reason this is not done more often...the balance between safe footing and poops actually all going thru is dicey.

    I would not attempt this with a stationary coop anyway, especially a small one,
    it could well become would be a stinking mess and would not reduce your 'cleaning' chores.
    Mesh floors make more problems than they solve.

    Some large scale mobile coops have mesh floors or just under roosts for night poops to fall thru.
  8. Sristi

    Sristi Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2015
    Western NY
    I have seen a design where the floor was mesh and then roosts laid almost right across it all the way through the coop. It was only used as secure night housing, so the birds didn't need long-term stable footing, just roost space. The mesh was more for security. I think it could work just fine, especially as night housing only.
  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
  10. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    I agree with the posts above. Seem wire would be hard on their feet especially when jumping down from the roost.

    Have you seen adult chicken poo? Some about the size of a golf ball, some slimy and sticky. The chances of it falling neatly though the wire is probably 0% . It's going to look like stalactites.

    We have a poopboard filled with PDZ under the roost. We sift it into a bucket using a wire mesh paper try and throw it on the compost. Takes less than 10 min a day.

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