Wood floor.... How best to cover?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Speckledfarmer, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. Speckledfarmer

    Speckledfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Building a coop inside an old barn. What would you do with the wood floor? Wood sealer? linseed oil? Paint? Vinyl? Rubber? Blackjack 57? Other? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Some sort of sealer would likely be a good idea. Our barn is very old and thankfully our chicken roosting room has a concrete floor, but otherwise all the wood in our barn is rotting. However, a good cover of dry wood chips or dry straw that is kept dry will likely prevent any rotting problems with a wooden floor. Our issue is holes in the roof that let water leak in, a dirt floor that holds moisture, ect.

    Best of luck with your project!
     
  3. galvinj

    galvinj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a piece of linoleum down, love it! Easy to clean and scoop Found a scrap piece at big box store for ten bucks.
     
  4. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was a big fan of Vinyl, now I am not. If you live in a cold climate, and clean in the winter, it can cause tears and rips in the vinyl. I am just sealing the floor now.
     
  5. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I successfully use around 6 - 10 inches of pine chips.

    Deep bedding.

    Moisture never reaches the floor.

    Replacing it around once per year.

    Expect dust...
     
  6. galvinj

    galvinj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never had that happen and I live in the North East. I cover it with four or five inches of shavings.
     
  7. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A piece of linoleum plus about 6+ inches of pine shavings is good but do expect dust.
     
  8. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last winter with the Cold (below zero for days at a time) cause havoc on my floor. I went away and the care taker has issues with the watering fount. Gallons ended up on the floor and cleaning the frozen mess caused the floor to rip. I was using 2-3 inches of shavings at the time, and always used a plastic snow shovel as to not dig in.

    Edit: Also of note, the floor held up great for the first 5 years. All the problems started in year 6, so it could just be getting brittle from age also.
     
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  9. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I use a cheap large disposable brush and slop on pure varnish. Nothing special like marine urethane or what's called spar varnish (not actual varnish) but a basic pure lac beetle varnish that will dry super fast and be rock solid. Throw the brush away and your done.

    Linseed oil is awesome stuff but will take forever and a day to dry if applied to proper thickness. Not what you want on a floor you intend to walk on or put bedding over. Will have bedding embedded in it for ever.
     
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