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converting shed to coop...base/foundation ideas?

Hello all! I intend to buy a 8x10 ft quality timber garden shed (not with felt roof as I hear they harbour red mite) and convert it to a chicken coop, then build a large and spacious pen around it. what foundations or base should I use to help keep predators and rodents out? and to help keep the floor from getting damp/cold?

I have a lot of breeze blocks and concrete blocks on site.Would it be better to pour a concrete base? Has anyone done this?

Thanks in advance for suggestions!

Mairead
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

shed up on blocks is better, stops floor rotting, i put mouse proof wire all around the base.
fill all gaps an joins with silacon to try keep mites from getting hold, then white wash or gloss paint the inside.
put up removeable shelves for nest boxes (i use plastic veg boxes, also perches (2" square), all mime are in metal holders , easy to pop off for cleaning, an checking underneath for mites, door is cut in half (like stable door) so top can be left open , there is a mesh safety door in place to let air in but wild birds out, small pop hole made with good lock for birds to go in an out,bit of cloth hung to keep out wild birds, (they spread mites) good ventilation at roof level on opposite sides for good air flow (stale out, fresh in)
lino on the floor an run up the walls for about 8", i put ant powder all around under the lino.
feeder hung from roof, water outside.

pearl
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

I did the same with a plastic shed, base is concrete

Adam1
Monday, December 3rd, 2018

A shed that size would want to be secured to the ground so I think your looking at some kind of concrete base be it piers or a slab.

Bonzie.
Monday, December 3rd, 2018

all my sheds are up on blocks, terrier can be let under if need be.

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if they are not in too much of a wind exposed area, they will be fine.

pearl
Monday, December 3rd, 2018

I know you dont mention it but when you get a quote for a concrete pad you will settle for the blocks. Make sure to place some scaffold planks atop of the blocks to spread the weight as the shed floors arent up to much.

bantam1
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Thanks everyone! This is all very helpful!, never thought about securing it to the ground either, Have a few sheltered spots to choose from but will keep that in mind. also never thought about modifying the door, really good idea!

Mairead
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Concrete floor if you know you have rodents & for the reat Pearl has it about right. Im currently chicken wiring the entire externals of my sheds having discovered that rats can & will chew big holes through wood !!

gofer
Friday, December 7th, 2018


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