Originally Posted by bruceha2000
Because if they are higher:
- it is easier to rake under them every morning.
- you can then make the nest boxes higher so the chickens can use the space underneath and it is easier for taller people to collect eggs.
Coop was built, according to plans. That's the height called for, and so that's where they went. You could probably raise the roosts, if you wanted to. But the birds may run into problems crashing into things, or just hitting the floor from higher heights. I have a few, when they come off the roost, it's almost like a barely controlled crash. As far as raking/cleaning under the roosts goes, the roost boards sit in notches, and are easy to remove, if you want to get under them. And I'm not raking under there every morning anyway.
Higher nestboxes would be a good thing. But it's not that big a deal, and I'm not exactly a midget.