I use hay-straw on the floor of my coop. I have a board about 4 inches high at the chickens entrance to the coop....to retain the hay.Also I have read that some coops are made with screen bottoms? Most say that waste just falls to a dirt/poo pit or something? Is this healthy and safe for the chickens? If soo do u feel that it would b entirely safe if I used something similar to a light weight tarp under the screen and just pulled it out, cleaned and returned it often? Pls share thoughts and cautions. Thank you guys
At That Price ( and WIDTH )...OSB (wafer-board) is a cheaper alternative....IF you don't require that indirect SOLAR lighting.I believe the 8' panels run about $13-15. The 12' panels are under $25.
FYI, if you need to cut them to size with a circular saw, try a fine tooth blade. ;-)
IF my comment was misunderstood to be a "criticism" of your choice....Yes, the reason I used these is b/c I wanted sunlight to come in during the day, but without the heat. I also put it on one 4'x4' side so that I could kinda peak in without opening up the whole coop, if I wanted. And so far, they've stood up to the ridiculous winds we get down here.
You need to think about your size because the sizes that you have are going to waste quite a bit of lumber along the lines of plywood or OSB. To meet your current space I would go with a 16' X 20' this way you won't be wasting sheathing material. With these dimensions your talking 18 sheets just for the walls with no waste, your dimensions you will need 19 sheets and will waste 2 pieces 1' X 8' unless you use the scraps for nesting boxes. I think dividing is a great option you could have a feed and supply room dedicated to your chickens. It would be real cool to put a interior wall in that has access to the nesting boxes from your feed room then you wouldn't have to worry about freezing eggs but could still access them without entering the coop. I wouldn't use clear roofing for the whole thing just one or two panels here and there and I would use metal roofing because it will last the longest. I have thought about the rain barrel option but I'd be worried about freezing in my location. Can't wait to see picks of what you decide to do.If you have a great deal of experience and have an open mind pls share thoughts and ideas. My coop will be about 14'x23' and I haven't decided on a height yet.
Here is a list of things I'm considering.
• rain gutter with filter to 55gal drum for automatic watering system inside and outside coop. Dangers?
• using a clear plastic roofing( used in green housing) as a full roof. Good, bad?
• constructing the coop in a way that would allow me to divide it and still have each side functioning. (For quarantine, separation or simply because I don't want to waste the resources of keeping both halves when I have a small flock)
Thank you for you time and answers. All help is appreciated.