Coop Height

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FarmKat, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. FarmKat

    FarmKat Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 9, 2011
    Can someone tell me the pros and cons of a short coop vs. one tall enough to stand in? I am seeing them both ways and wondering which everyone prefers and why. I am leaning towards one big enough to stand in, but am wondering if its overkill (only have 8 chickens).

  2. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I can't stand up in mine - and no way to reach parts of the run. If you can afford it, go with the bigger coop & run. I wish I had waited and gotten a larger one. However, we will build a bigger coop and use this smaller one for new chickens before introducing them to the rest of the flock.
  3. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    i can not get in mine but have a larger door for me to clean out the bottom. I like it. My coop is on my homepage it is 4x4 I have 9 housed in it right now. ok 9 hens and 2 ducks. they are inside under the poop board.
  4. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    You'll appreciate being able to stand in yours. It makes cleaning a lot easier, easier to get to things, keep things tidy, which makes healthier chickens. If you need to grab a chicken it's a whole lot easier to maneuver in too. I only have one coop, my first, but I can't imagine not being able to stand in it. The only con is that it'll cost more in building materials to make. However, building up isn't as expensive as building out, so for a little bit more you can make life easier for yourself!
  5. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    I have a coop I can stand up in. I prefer them for cleaning. I have had a 3-4 foot coop but didn't like it very much because it was soooo hard to clean out. I also prefer tall coops so chickens can fly around if wished and feel free. I dunno..That's just my opinion! [​IMG]
  6. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    We had a low run and it was such a pain to clean. We are almost finished building a walk in run. It's better to have free and easy access to clean and standing up sure feels nice.
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I have both. Although I can stand in either run, the housing of my (raised) bantam coop is only about 4 ft. I hate it!!! The coop is pretty, and I did include an ample door to access things inside, but I hate not being able to go inside. For example, in my main coop, when my girls were chicks, I could go sit inside the coop to work on socializing them. Winter, summer, it didn't matter - I even kept a little folding chair/stool thing inside for just that purpose. And my big girls are VERY friendly because of that. But once I put my banty chicks out in their coop, that wasn't able to happen. Oh, I'd still crawl up and sit inside, but it was very uncomfortable. Therefore I didn't spend nearly as much time hanging out/socializing them. As a result, they're not nearly as people friendly as my big girls, despite them being very docile/friendly breeds. Plus I bump my head all the time - I have to lean in to clean, and think I've left a permanent dent in the upper door casing from raising up upon my [​IMG]
  8. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2011
    Springfield, Ohio
    I'm busy building my first coop and I have decided to make sure that I can stand in it. It will be 4x8, and the roof on the front will be 6 feet in height, sloping down to 5 ft in the back. I chose to do this so that I could stand up and use a shovel/broom/pitchfork easily while cleaning, or stand up in the event that I needed to do repair work on the interior. I also figure that with more vertical space I'll be able to hang feeders or waterers, or to postion perches at a variety of heights.
  9. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    Apr 11, 2011
    I prefer a coop and a run that I can stand up in, for all the reasons already mentioned and because it is easier on my back.
  10. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    When we first started discussing coops my main thing I wanted was something I could stand up in. DH bought me a prefab at a farm sale and guess what. Can't stand in it. After doing anything in there my back is killing me.

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