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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rjc2rjc, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. rjc2rjc

    rjc2rjc Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have spent hours looking at coops and chickens and all the different stuff involved with chickens. One thing I have been noticing on a lot of coops is that so many of them have a shelter that is raised up off the ground. Some are 6 inches some are 2ft or more.
    Is there a advantage or disadvantage to having them raised. The biggest disadvantage I can see would be in the winter time. Putting cold air all the way around the coop seems it would make it harder to keep warm in cold weather. I'm just trying to take everything into account before I start building mine.
    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chicken coop is a small garage. I never have had the coop off ground but i think it would have more protection and less protection for predators. The cold would probably be not so good.
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Raised coops work best in hotter climates that tend to be wetter. Some slightly raise them to try to prevent rodents from living under them. Mine are on ground with concrete floors because of our harsh winters and rats trying to get inside in the fall. So choose what's best for your situation.
     
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  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Most of the raised coops are small and not easy to clean, and the prefab types are badly built. Crawling under a structure to retrieve eggs or birds is not going to be fun, and close to the ground give room for rodents and predators to hang out. Walk-in coops at ground level are much more user friendly, IMO. Mary
     
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  5. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I agree with @oldhenlikesdogs . Look everything over and decide what's best for you. Remember a couple of things before you make your decision.

    Raised coops are great because as long as they are securely built they do deter predators. They provide a nice shady spot during the hot days of summer. Chickens love to dust bathe under there and it gives them a few extra feet of run space. They look nice, too. They help keep the inside of the coop dry. If cold underneath it is a concern, it's very easy to wrap that portion of the bottom with plastic or even plywood to block cold winds. I like them!

    Coops right on the ground have their advantages. Again, built securely they deter predators. And they can look very nice as well. The real difference is that coops on the ground are generally tall enough to stand and work in, very important to consider for some of us. Eggs are almost always laid in the nests where they belong instead of under the coop where they can be hard to get out. And there is no need to clean that space under it on hands on knees. Coops straight on the ground tend to be a little easier to use deep litter in , although deep litter has been used successfully in raised coops too. And I think you can build a little bigger and be prepared when chicken math strikes with a coop on the ground because you aren't dealing with trying to have all that weight and size on "stilts". So I like ground built coops too! [​IMG]

    Go over those points and then, taking your budget, your body's flexibility, and your climate into account, decide what you want.
     
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  6. Soylent Chick

    Soylent Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our coop is custom built out of spare lumber and raised ~3' off the ground. The coop is enclosed in the run for the chickens' safety. The elevation maximizes the space in the run and keeps the coop off the wet ground. The feeder and waterer are hung off under the edge of the coop. The entire front wall is a door so it's super easy to open up and clean. It only takes a couple of minutes to clean even with the hens trying to "help". The nest box is bumped out in the side so it's accessible via the front or the side. During the winter, the run is tarped on the north side to block wind. Hens did fine even when the temps dropped into the teens.
     
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