- Apr 7, 2012
I'm creating a coop out of a 10x10 dog kennel. It will have a tin roof. The back side (blocking the wind) will be covered either with tarp or tin, and 2 sides will be covered halfway. I plan to have branches as roosting bars in one corner, but I was wondering if chickens preferred flat bars, or round. Would there be a way to collect poop from them? Since the coop will have rain blow in the front, or leak a bit under the sides, I do not think I can do the deep litter method. But I don't want to have just poop on the floor. I was thinking of sand (not a deep layer) but how high would I need to have the boards running along the bottom of the coop to keep it in. Would a 2x4 standing up on its side work? I don't want the sand leaking out. If it rains hard, will the sand absorb it, or will it move. If not sand, what should I do for the floor? I am also hanging the nest boxes on the back side of the coop. How high off the ground should they be? I was thinking of using something like a 12 quart dishpan that i found a walmart. Would that be big enough?