Hello all, first post here!
We are in the process of building our first chicken bunker here in the Kansas City area. For the most part I am comfortable with the coop and run design, as I have been building rabbit hutches for our meat rabbits for years and have the basics down.
What I can't wrap my head around is the droppings pit thing. I am building a small coop for 3 chickens, (5x6 foot, but attached to a 6x14 run) which is elevated so the floor is around 3 foot above the ground.
If I decide to go with a dropping pit, why do I want to put a floor or catch surface under it? Assuming its securely wired against predators, why not allow the dropping to pass through a hole in the coop floor so they go right onto the ground beneath for easy raking and depositing into the compost?
The area under the actual coop will be wired and enclosed against predators, so cold wind should not be an issue. Access will be 2 large panels that lift out to rake out the droppings.