slated floor in run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by okcut, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. okcut

    okcut New Egg

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    I have limited space for a run. I am thinking of having a raised floor made of wooden slates. Any ideas or comments?
     
  2. Sam The Yam

    Sam The Yam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Explain a little bit more what you are trying to accomplish. I am interested in helping you.
     
  3. okcut

    okcut New Egg

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    I am planning on an 8x12 run for 3-4 hens, I would like to use 5/4 decking to make my floor in the run. I figure the shrinking of the boards will allow the mess to fall through and make easier cleaning. My coop is 4x8 so I expect this is plenty of room. Thanks for the help.

    My grandkids 8 and 5 yrs old will be doing the chores. LOL
     
  4. Sam The Yam

    Sam The Yam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good morning! I just sent you a PM. Let me know what you think.
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    If you use deck boards, rather than narrow slats (as might be used on a turkey porch or old-style coop) then virtually all the poo will stay ON the slats, and get trompled on and glue itself onto the wood. It would be miserable for the chickens AND for you.

    Why not just make the run on the ground, like people normally do? It is a lot easier, and makes cleaning etc easier, and gives the chickens stuff to scratch around in (dirt, sand, or anything might put in there) which is a pretty essential part of being a chicken.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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