What are people using for their floors inside their coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ankhdad, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. Ankhdad

    Ankhdad Chirping

    Jun 28, 2014
    Thunder Bay, ON
    I'm just about to start my build and I was going to start with pressure treated plywood..until I saw the price (+$50 a sheet, I'll need 5), so I'm looking for alternative ideas.
    A friend said he used regular 3/4" plywood and covered the floor with an old pool liner, do you think I could find one for sale...nope! Went looking for linoleum scrap, that too was about $300.
    Then I was helping a friend with a dump run and noticed his truck box was lined with a truck liner coating, think he said it was from Rustoleum.
    Do you think that the coating is a chemical paint, it would be harmful to the girls? Should I just suck it up and buy the pressure treated ply..??


  2. Minflick

    Minflick Chirping

    Jul 26, 2014
    Boulder Creek, California
    Somebody here posted that she used a product called Blackjack 57, that comes in a 5 gallon bucket, that is a waterproofing product for under roofing. This it is applied with a brush or mop or some such. Not quite a liquid tar, but similar. This person used it and has had no issues with it. Don't know if the person uses shavings over, or sand or what, but it appeared to be very successful for her.

    Since my own coop is only 6 x 6, I got a remnant of vinyl flooring at Home Depot for <$50. More money than I wanted to spend, but I like the idea of it, and I'm using OSB for my coop wood, and it needs to be thoroughly waterproofed, so the vinyl idea sounded great to me.

  3. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
    Dirt, forest floor mulch, and lime. (Deep litter method.)

    Any totally waterproofed floor is going to be an ongoing concern, needing cleaning regularly. I know a lot of folks have tried and failed with the deep litter method but there's some crazy ways of going about it which can't work... Plus it's probably very regionally specific in terms of soil microbes etc... Each to their own I guess, but it works great for me.

    Best wishes.
  4. I had some leftover 5/4 decking boards that I used for the floor in mine. It was kinda damp when I put it down and has since shrunk some leaving little gaps in between the boards. I figure that will help with ventilation and drainage.
  5. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Songster

    Jun 10, 2014
    My ducks are very quickly destroying the shed I have with the blackjack on it. My chickens have linoleum offcuts, and seem to be fine (chickens are much less messy, though)

    Linoleum is going to be cheaper than truck bed liner, which is pricey.

    Home Depot and Lowes both have 6x9 offcuts for $24.99/29.99 (depending on pattern), and 12x8 for 49.99
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014

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