What would be better for a coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by markhoh3, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. markhoh3

    markhoh3 In the Brooder

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    I have a 12 x 12 concrete slab- dog kennel. Would it be better to build on slab and put down shavings or build on 4 x 4 with plywood floors? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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  3. JackE

    JackE Crowing

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    I'd go with the slab. Concrete is the best coop base/floor, IMO. Whether you use the whole thing, or part of it for a coop base. But, I would let the chickens out in the yard, vs, keeping them on concrete full time. They like the dirt.
     
  4. markhoh3

    markhoh3 In the Brooder

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    Thanks you guys. That's what I was leaning to, cheaper because I don't have to buy wood for floor.
     
  5. Folly's place

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    You will really appreciate having that concrete base! Mary
     
  6. markhoh3

    markhoh3 In the Brooder

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    Here is a pic of the coop. Started Wednesday. Going along quite nicely!! Left to do is the white tin roof and red siding and white trim.
     
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  7. FlyWheel

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    I second the Deep Litter idea, the concrete slab would make the periodic cleanup much easier. If I may make another suggestion, make your threshold removable or leave it out completely. That way you can just scrape the old litter out the front door into the run.
     
  8. markhoh3

    markhoh3 In the Brooder

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    Looking like a coop!!
     
  9. cockrio

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    wow nice coop
     
  10. Folly's place

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    Nice! Mary
     

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