What do you suggest I use?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rstampa, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. rstampa

    rstampa Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    I am building a new coop this fall and I was going to use a plywood floor covered with pond liner. However, I'm not sure if I should cover the liner with tile. If it's not too expensive. But the most important question I have is. Should I leave it bare or put shavings down too. I live in Florida so I'm not too worried about the cold. I want it to be simple and I'm looking for the easiest way to keep it clean.
    Thanks for any suggestion or experience you may have.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2009
  2. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I have a plywood floor and I painted it with exterior latex. Make sure you prime first. I use deep litter. Very little poo makes it to the floor, but when it does, it cleans up like a charm!
  3. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    Any flooring you use will still need a layer of bedding, unless you want to hose it out, or scrape poo. Tile would need grout, which could be more difficult to clean. A piece of linoleum glued down would be easier to clean, and cheaper.

    Pine shavings in a thin layer would make cleaning easier, keep the smell fresh, and they're cheap.
  4. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Songster

    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    Deep litter works great and is very healthy for the chickens

  5. ksct

    ksct Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    upstate, NY
    Def No Matter What Kind Of Flooring, Use A Bedding! We Have One Hen That When We Didn't Have Enough Bedding Down Or If They Kicked It Away Hated Jumping Down From The Roost. She Would Wait For Everyone Else To Leave And Then Sometimes She'd 'let' Us Pick Her Up And Put Her Down.
    I Agree, Deep Litter Is The Best Sooooo Much Less Smell And Less Clean Up Really.
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Why the pond liner? You don't need or want that. Either prime and semigloss-exterior-paint your plywood, or if you will not be hosing it down then you can staplegun vinyl flooring on it if you really want. Honestly, painted-primed plywood works fine, as long as you keep shavings on it.

    You should experiment with different approaches (more or less bedding, etc) and see what you like, but because poo can weld itself on REAL TIGHTLY even to vinyl flooring, you will probably end up wanting to have at least some bedding on the floor.

    Good luck, have fun,

  7. rstampa

    rstampa Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    Thank you all for your advise. I've decided to go with the plywood floor and primer it with a couple coats. I'm using pine shavings now so I will continue using it in the new coop. I really like using it. It's a lot easier to clean up with out all the poop sticking to the floor. No pond liner either!

    However I'm not clear on the benefits of using the deep litter method. Doesn't it smell after awhile? I clean my coop out every week and it looks like mold on the poop.
    Any advice on the deep litter method?
    You are all such nice people. Thanks again.[​IMG]
  8. gkeesling

    gkeesling Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    I got some linoleum remnants and put that over the plywood on my coop floor. Then I put pine shavings on top of that, and add as needed. I clean my coop every couple of months (that's when it starts to smell). I just scoop and sweep the pine shavings out, put them in my wheel barrow and dump in my compost pile. Pretty slick and doesn't take much time to clean at all.
  9. sbarab

    sbarab Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Conroe, TX
    The floor of my coop is 2 x6s and I use an old tarp as a liner and add shavings on top. I clean the coop every couple of months. Just grab the corners of the tarp and bundle it all up into a sack and then dump it into my compost. Works well.
  10. rstampa

    rstampa Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    Quote:How much and how often do you top the shavings off? Also I don't have any linoleum remnants and Home Depot is too expensive. I don't want to put that much money into a chicken coop. If you know what I mean.

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