Upcoming chicken owner near Seattle, so 40s-70s (F) most of the year with occasional drops into low 30s and high 80s.
My plan is to keep 3 chickens (mostly) permanently in a covered pen (4x8) with a raised coop (4x4, 2ft off the ground) as I enjoy having a non-poop landmine backyard, and I can't guarantee that I'll leave late enough or get back from work early enough everyday to put them away safely before raccoons try to eat them.
My question is: Would I need to put a floor on the coop, or could I leave it bottomless with a landing perch at the door, a couple raised roosts inside, and a nest box? Plan is to use straw litter after they de-foliate the inside of the run, so waste would just fall to the run bedding to be turned over/shoveled out and composted/deep littered/etc. (pro!).
Chickens sometimes don't want to sit on perches and would not enjoy having to sit on the run floor
Chickens would have trouble getting to roosts/nest box without being able to hop up from coop floor (not sure how well they can fly in a 4x4 coop or if they need more 'runway' area)
Chickens will get cold feet without floor to insulate (possibly?)
Genius idea? Terrible idea? Try it and get back to us?