I tried searching out some information so forgive me if I missed a thread that already answered this question.
I've finally finished fencing in my garden with a rough cut red oak fence. Now I'm going to start working on the run/coop this spring that will attach to that fence. The plan is something along the lines of 10X8 and tall enough to comfortably walk around in. My thought was to pour a concrete footer/perimeter ~2 feet deep. I would then put concrete blocks on top of this about 2 feet high off the ground then put the sill plate and build the coop up from that foundation.
I won't have a floor since I'm doing DL. Most of my searches were about pouring concrete floors or footers/foundations for elevated coops. Does anyone have experience with this? I was going to approach it like a retaining wall basically. It's all red clay where I live and it gets very very wet. My hope was to keep critters out, keep some water out (my put a water barrier down), and provide a foundation that won't heave or cause problems for the coop structure above.
I guess my question is, any problems going this route? Any smarter way to do it? I'm going for long term so I don't have to rebuild it in the near future. If I decide to stop doing chickens I'll just pour a floor and use the structure as a potting shed.