Wire mesh or plywood floors in coop??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by OcoeeG, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. OcoeeG

    OcoeeG In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2008
    Newbie here. Great to see all of this wonderful information in one place.

    I am about to build a coop for 4 or 5 chickens. I am going to build it inside an old outbuilding on my girlfriends land. I have plenty of material and space onsite. Because I am augmenting an existing structure but basically starting from scratch I can do things as I please which is nice. I was wondering how people felt about wire mesh vs. plywood and litter floors. If I was to do the mesh I would create some sort of tray underneath the floor to catch droppings. However, the structure is rather old and drafty and a mesh floored coop might not be as cozy as they want to to be. We are in N. Georgia so it isn't too cold but cold enough to be a concern.

  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    When I was first building my coop I had the same problem. Eventually I went with the plywood floor for aesthetic and useful reasons.

    1. Walking on mesh isn't very comfortable for the chickens if they are walking on it for most of the day rather than being outside. Could also cut their feet if the wire isn't cut carefully.

    2. Safer than mesh, in that animals can't bite or reach through to get the chickens, but may depend on the wire.

    Hope I helped enough. Good luck with your project!

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    Last edited: Oct 27, 2008
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Wire has its downfalls like hurting the chickens feet. If you could could put wood so they could stay on it above the wire that would help. I have tried both ways and found they both work well. The wire especially helps on the cleaning end.
  4. supermom

    supermom In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2008
    I have BOTH! I have wire under the roosting poles so the droppings fall to the floor. The rest of my coop has plywood covered with hay. My coop is raised on cinder blocks so I can just rake out the mess once a week. The hens also like to hang out under there for whatever reason.

  5. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    I would try to find a scrap on linolium flooring. I am so glad I did. The poop doesn't stick to it.
  6. purr

    purr Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    we have plywood with linoleum on top it makes it a breeze to sweep

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