Wire coop floor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by majalemon, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. majalemon

    majalemon Hatching

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    I have a 12X14 dog run converted to the chicken yard. I built a coop that is 4X6 and put a wire floor 4X4. is wire a mistake?

    the wire is 3.5 inches of the ground
     
  2. BirdMan32

    BirdMan32 In the Brooder

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    How do you clean up the poop underneath? Photos?
     
  3. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

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    Not to mention wire will allow drafts to get in as well
     
  4. AuroraSprings

    AuroraSprings Songster

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    I think that's a good idea. You might could enclose the bottom and put in a door large enough to get your scoop/shovel in to clean up.
     
  5. Well, 3.5 inches off of the ground, will allow for some critters to get under, and possibly grab one of your chickens by the leg and start eating from the leg up... I have seen coops with wire floors. I personally don't mind it, but I wouldn't use it since I live in Michigan and need to be able to keep my coop draft free in the winter. BUT if I were to use a wire floor, I would make sure that nothing could get under the wire. Its nice to be able to take a hose to the floor area of the coop to just wash away the poop though.
     
  6. Ted n Ms

    Ted n Ms Chirping

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    Please be careful putting chicks in a brooder with a single wire floor. I had chicks on a 1/2 hardware cloth floor a few years ago after about a month i went out to feed one morning and found that something had eaten the toes off some of the chicks. The only thing i could figure was that rats had climbed the legs of the brooder and hung upside down to do the dastardly deed. After putting in a double floor about 1" apart no more problem. I will never use a single floor again.[​IMG]
     
  7. majalemon

    majalemon Hatching

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    Sorry the 3.5 inches is only the 2x4 holding it up, so no draft or critter problem. Thought in the heat it could be raised some to vent the coop.
    The nest boxes come completly off to sweep or shovel.
    With the coop 4x6 with 4 foot walls it can be tipped up with minimal effort.
    The floor wire is 1/4 inch square, thought the birds would break it up and fall through
     
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  8. speedy2020

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  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

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    Quote: Not much is going to fall through the wire.
    I'd put a solid floor
     
  10. chycknFun

    chycknFun Chirping

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    I was think about changing to a wire floor with a drop down floor beneath with a rubber mat covering with the dual purpose of easy cleaning and to save the luscious chicken poo will but I read wire floor may be tough on full size chickens feet can wire mesh floor be used or should I just give up on this idea?
     

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