What to put on bottom of my coop and run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gabz44, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. gabz44

    gabz44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2015
    Hi :)
    I am a 1st time chicken owner and getting ready to transition my 6 chicks to my coop. I'm so confused Bc reading so many different opinions on what to put in my coop and run. I'm outside of Los Angeles and its high 50s/60s during day and 30s at night.

    Coop (wood bottom)-- shavings???

    Run (brick bottom) - dirt? Sand? Any other suggestions??

    Also do you suggest I put a rubber mat on the bottom of coop or run so I can easily hose it off???
    Thanks for any and all advice!
    See pic of coop attached [​IMG]
  2. shaun1says

    shaun1says Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2015
    First off, I'm far from an expert so if someone corrects me I'd listen to them [​IMG]

    I'd stray away from rubber mats unless you intend to clean multiple times a week. They are easy to clean but require it more often to keep birds from walking in their do-do

    I like wood chips (pine works great) in the coop and drit covered in a little woodchips in the run. It stays nice for a while but is still easy to clean, and compost!

    Good luck on your first flock!
  3. The Gate Keeper

    The Gate Keeper Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 8, 2015
    Slidell La.
    Your coop looks great.. but I would not use rubber mats in the coop, you'll have to clean them to often. I would go with sand in your run, it will drain good on top of the bricks... and very easy to clean... good luck.
  4. gabz44

    gabz44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2015
    @thegatekeeper thanks! What would you put in the coop then? You don't suggest a rubber mat under shavings ? So I can hose down the Mat?
  5. lynnehd

    lynnehd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2015
    Vancouver, Wa.
    If the coop is untreated wood, I'd cover it in vinyl flooring (run it up the sides a foot or so, and caulk the seams), or paint it, or seal it first. Use a water based paint (high gloss is easier to clean) or sealer and let them air out for a few days.
    Then you just spot clean and refresh, and then replace the bedding and wash out the coop when needed.

    Pine shavings in the coop would work. Then sand, or wood chips in the run. Or you can investigate the Deep Litter method to use at some point in the run.
    There are threads going on using Sand in the Run (or coop), and the Deep Litter method.

    Cute coop!
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2015
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  7. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    We use pine shavings in the coop. The floor is OSB painted with DeckOver. There is a poopboard under the roost filled with PDZ that catches most of the droppings. The rest just dries up in the shavings. We clean it out once a year in the fall. No need to hose out.

    In the (covered) run we do the Deep Litter Method. We use grass clippings, leaves, pine needles and straw. We clean that out once a year in the spring.

    Everything goes on the garden.

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