what sort of floor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kesta, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Kesta

    Kesta Pie Crust Malfunction

    Jul 31, 2008
    houston tx
    what sort of floor should be in my chicken coop? i want the waste to just fall through but i dont want it to be wire because that damages there feet. what should i use? would a floor that slides out work?
     
  2. Kesta

    Kesta Pie Crust Malfunction

    Jul 31, 2008
    houston tx
    anyone i need advice
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2008
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    A bare dirt floor would work well. You still use pine shavings, but the cleanup is easier. Plus, the litter will compost itself.
     
  4. Jarhead

    Jarhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am using 1/4" hardware cloth. The spaces are much smaller than 1/2" so walking on it is much more like walking on a solid surface. It will still allow the waste to fall through, and can be hosed off/out when needed.
     
  5. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could use a droppings pit under the roosts with hardware cloth, and the rest just have a traditional floor.
     
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I use the deep litter method with pine shavings and it's been wonderful! VERY little smell so far and I just add a little new every few weeks. I do shovel out under their roost area once a month and add totally new there. I go right in their coop (8X8) and can barely smell chickens at all. My niece who came over and does NOT like animals actually was amazed at how it didn't smell. LOL I go through one bag of pine shavings every two weeks (sometimes not even that much) and that is with having two brooders in the house as well. And my bag of shavings cost me 4 bucks for 3 cubic feet of it. I clean my two brooders and whats left gets dumped in my chicken coop at the end of the month.
     
  7. Kesta

    Kesta Pie Crust Malfunction

    Jul 31, 2008
    houston tx
    anyone else?im open for suggestions
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2008

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