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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by son4momtime, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. son4momtime

    son4momtime Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All..New to this. Trying to put together a coop which will be easy to clean and good for the chicks..What kind of floor would be best I have some old rubber mats I had in the garage was wondering would that work? Any ideas would be helpful...Thanks
     
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    Catfish267 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most people use pine shaving or straw. I use a raised wire floor. They pop a lot so be prepared. Go ahead and give the mat a try just be prepared if it doesn't work[​IMG]
     
  3. texgardengal

    texgardengal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello from Texas!!
    I'm new to raising chickens too. I have my coop on the ground... I cover it with hay. Every few days I rake it up, and replace it with new fresh hay. Hope this helps!!:)
     
  4. son4momtime

    son4momtime Out Of The Brooder

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    So I should't worry about a floor what happens when it rains? I would need a second level.
     
  5. son4momtime

    son4momtime Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You might want to check out the Coop/Run Design and Maintenance forum for ideas. What kind of bottom or floor would work best will depend on a number of things like your area's weather, if you get a lot of rain, snow or flooding, where you are able to put the coop in your yard for drainage, etc. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance
     
  7. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Hi and :welcome

    Our chicken coop doesn't really have a floor, it's built straight on the ground so the floor is dirt. We put grass clippings in there as well to make it smell nice. :p

    But yes, most people use wood chips and stuff like that, they're easy to just sweep out when you're cleaning.

    As for rain, I can't help you with that as it doesn't rain much here! But have a look in the forum the above poster linked.

    Good luck!
    I hope you find all the info you need here, and enjoy the site. :D
     
  8. City farm

    City farm Overrun With Chickens

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    So glad you are on board.. Post some photos of your flock & coop..
    We use a mix of stuff for the floor.. Hay, pine chips, pine needles, and freshly mowed grass.
    Really what ever we can get.. I have seen sand.. We might try some in one area.. Once you
    have the sand down, you can use a kitty litter scooper to clean out the poo... We recycle
    the flooring to a group of our neighbors for their compost/garden... You will love this Fourm !!
    :welcome
     
  9. City farm

    City farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Love your photo!! I saved the image in our iPad.. I wish I could do that for a welcome.. My iPad will not let me post photos from my albums?? :goodpost:
     

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