In this guide, we will discuss the pros and cons of each type of flooring material that is available so that you can make an informed decision about which one is best for you and your family.
Why have a floor in your chicken coup?
Many would argue that chickens have a natural instinct to keep their nesting area and roosting areas clean.
Some people believe this is because the sound of feet scratching on dirt or gravel can be calming for them.
Others say it may just be in their nature to not want anything dirty underfoot while they are eating.
This could also give you some peace of mind knowing that your coop will stay cleaner longer without having to do much work yourself.
Chicken coops with floors offer more protection than those without one from elements like rain and snow as well as predators such as dogs who might try digging through wire mesh walls in search of food or water dishes (although these should never be placed inside the pen).
Chicken coup floors also provide an additional layer of protection from the ground, which can be a good thing if your coop is on dirt.
Lastly, floors minimize any mess that might get tracked inside the chicken coop by providing an extra barrier between whatever they walk on outside and what they spend their time in.
This will protect them from harsh chemicals like pesticides or fertilisers as well as bacteria and other diseases should something go wrong with food preparation or anything else happening out there.
If you are planning to feed your flock scraps for natural fertilizer, this also means less of it will end up inside where it could rot and cause trouble down the line!
7 Options for chicken coup flooring
- Lay down wood or plywood
- Use a tarp, plastic sheeting, or some other type of waterproof material as the floor
- Put in dirt and grass for them to scratch around on. This is an ideal option if you don’t have room indoors for a pen with bedding. The downside? They’ll be eating what they’re scratching up!
- Build raised beds inside your coop from scrap lumber that’s available at any hardware store – this will provide protection from predators while still allowing plenty of ventilation underneath (this will also help cut back on bugs) but make sure you keep it out of reach of their roosts so they can sleep in peace without worrying about falling off the edge!
- Use a few sheets of inch-thick polystyrene board
- Use cement blocks, which can be easier to clean and disinfect than most other flooring options.
- Lay down rubber mats from your local hardware store or home improvement centre for an easy way to hose these away without bending over awkwardly. Just make sure you don’t put them on too loose – they could slip off the edge!
Bonus option: This may sound counterintuitive at first but in practice is often used by those who’ve tried it: use no floor coverings at all. As chickens are hardy creatures, this isn’t really harmful as long as there’s plenty of bedding beneath their roosts to lay down on.
Tips for maintaining a chicken coup
- Keep it clean with a little dishwashing liquid, water, and elbow grease.
- Don’t forget to disinfect the coop after cleaning by wiping down all surfaces with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide diluted in warm water once you’re done.
- Use bedding such as hay or straw for your chickens’ comfort and health – this is what they’d sleep on if left to their own devices!
In summary, a chicken coop floor can be as simple or luxurious as you want it to be, the only thing that’s essential is a clean and dry space for your chickens to sleep.