Baltimore City ordinances dictate that our chicken coop must be mobile. However, Baltimore City rats mandate security modifications that will make the coop immobile. Like burying wire 12" into the lawn.
In order to thwart our furry neighbors, we wrapped 1/2" hardware cloth around the bottom of our coop. The result is a rather unpleasant industrial-style floor for the ladies ("rage cage"), but the added weight was negligible. This week I will cushion their tootsies and learn about COMPOSTING as we try out "Deep Litter Bedding Method."
The deep litter method, according to my research, involves making the floor of your chicken coop serve double duty as the compost bin. The bedding breaks down, giving off heat for the birds in winter, and this method is way less maintenance pour moi (bonus.) The coop will probably not be "mobile," when filled with lasagna-like layers of wood shavings and chicken poo, but we can call a bunch of friends over to lift it if the inspector comes to call.
I've always been leery of composting, as it seems to entail a lot of science. Tracking 'greens' and 'browns' and having just the right depth for the heat and weight to break things down. In short, I don't really want to think about garbage that much. But the great thing about being unemployed is that I have all these extra brain cells laying around, and all the time in the world to research garbage, so all I have to do is muster some motivation.