Waterproofing the floor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nariah01, May 15, 2016.

  1. Nariah01

    Nariah01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2016
    Hi all we have just finished the floor of our new coop and are debating the flooring options. My husband wants to either put vinyl down or paint depending on cost. If we choose to paint the floor I was going to use a exterior paint, but I am confused on whether or not it needs to be waterproof. I feel like it should be in case of water leaks, but as this is my first time with chickens I am not sure how wet things would be in there.

    I know lots of ventilation and I plan on keeping the bedding as dry as possible, so is it really needed to have the paint be waterproof too or will it be fine to just use a good quality exterior paint? Just curious on those who painted the floors what did you use and is it waterproof?
  2. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2015
    Walla Walla WA
    I used an exterior paint on the floor of my coop. I also have 6 inches of Pineshade means and I have a poop board under the roosts. . So the floor never really gets very dirty.
  3. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    We used a deck paint (DeckOver), It has a thick, rubber-like, grainy finish and comes in many colors. It was left over from our pool deck and decided to give it a try and has held up very well. We shovel the shavings out twice a year and haven't noticed any problems or damage to the OSB floor.

    The water is out in the run and we have 4-6" of pine shavings along with a poopboard and the Windows open out so the coop stays dry. a different set-up could make a difference,
  5. TerryH

    TerryH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2016
    NW Arkansas
    My Coop
    We used the Black Jack #57 on ours. Worked great.

  6. exalted512

    exalted512 Just Hatched

    Mar 21, 2016
  7. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    My shed floor was over 40 years old when I converted it to a chicken coop from a horse shed about 9 years ago.

    It was in rough condition, had a few holes in the floor from the previous tenants, and no roof.... but the walls were solid (cedar).

    I reroofed it, reinforced everything, and placed scrap pieces of 1/2 plywood from the roof over the floor holes, probably 2'x4' scrap as a temporary solution. No paint, just the raw wood.

    I keep a deep bedding of ~6 to 10 inches pine shavings.

    As moisture never reaches the floor, the unfinished scrap plywood still looks new 9 years later...

    Just a thought...[​IMG]

    Wondering if anyone has any experience with a floor rotting and the circumstances?
  8. Arrakis

    Arrakis Out Of The Brooder

    May 15, 2014
    North Idaho
    Black Jack 57
  9. TerryH

    TerryH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2016
    NW Arkansas
    My Coop
    I think you have a valid point, Ron. I agree that under normal circumstances the flooring should not get wet especially with deep bedding. I'm doing deep bedding as well. So far it's remaining very dry. My fear was some sort of malfunction of the waterer or accidentally leaving the windows open in a rain storm that might cause water to be inside the coop. I also wanted to seal any gaps that might be an entry point for bugs etc..
  10. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    I don't know about that. I guess it depends on how many birds you have in the coop, and the roosting arangments. Because my coop's floor definitely gets damp, under the bedding that is under the roosts. I see it every time I do one of my twice a year cleanings. The bedding usually gets about a foot or so deep, and when I shovel it out of there, the floor is damp/wet. There is not a big stinking puddle under there, but it is damp in a couple of areas under there. I usually have/had, over the years, between 20 to 25 birds in the coop. Sometimes a few more, sometimes a few less. Usually they keep the bedding turned under the roosts, but sometimes I'll go in there with a pitchfork, and turn/flip it all over. It builds up, and I have seen moisture under there. Just cleaned it out week before last, and the Blackjack is still hanging in there.

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