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Wire Run Floor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JoePa, May 14, 2011.

  1. JoePa

    JoePa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know there is quite a discussion as to what material is best to cover the ground of a chicken run - cleaning the run is a job that needs to be periodically done - has anyone ever built a wire floor over the entire run - maybe a foot off the ground so that any poop would fall to the ground underneath - it would be similar to a poop tray that is used in many coops under the roost - with such an arrangement you just have to periodically scrap the poop from under the wire floor and dispose of it - the chickens don't have to walk on it at all - do you think that it would be hard for the chickens to walk on such a wire floor? - any thoughts on this matter - thanks
     
  2. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    After a while it will cause injuries to their feet like bumble foot
     
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  3. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand works great and it is fine on their feet. They love to scratch about in it and dust bathe. The poop just seems to disappear.
     
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  4. JoePa

    JoePa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the quick response - I have a wire floor under the roost in the coop - when they get off the roost they could land on the wire floor - if they happen to drop straight down -do you think that this could be a problem? - I've seen pictures where people built a wire floor over a poop pit so that it is easy to remove the poop under the roost - what do you think of such an arrangement?
     
  5. jason_boivin

    jason_boivin Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it would be fine. The chickens have other places to go, other than standing on wire 24/7.
     
  6. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    A friend of mine has a completely wire coop. I dont know if she has had problems like the ones mentioned. I did notice that the builder (her grandpa many years ago) had made these little board walk ways in the floor, but most of the poop fell through the wire anyway. I have a raised hutch that my chicks sleep in at night, the floor is hardware cloth. I put a rubber mat down because they seemed to be uncomfortable walking on it at first.
     

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