Designing New coop... Why all the plans with Elevated Floors?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rachelpotter, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. rachelpotter

    rachelpotter Chirping

    Jan 5, 2013
    We are planning on building a decent sized coop and large run onto the side of our horse barn. When looking at examples of other designs I see a lot of coops where the coops are elevated off the ground and only have a half door. Why is this popular? I guess I'm thinking it would be easier to get in there and clean if you could actually WALK in there from time to time. I'm assuming though that these types of designs actually serve a particular purpose, so I'm posting her to ask why! Thanks in advance!!!


  2. KristinaE

    KristinaE Chirping

    Feb 27, 2014
    I have coop/run where the coop is elevated. For me the advantage is the extra run space. The coop part of our structure has about a 4X6, which gives an extra 24 sq ft of protected run space. I also hang the food and water from the bottom of the floor of the coop, which I find quite convienent.
    If I had a larger run I could see that an "on the ground" coop would be more convienent, but since I needed to save space in my backyard setting the raised coop is more efficient .

    Here is a pic of my set up:

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  3. rachelpotter

    rachelpotter Chirping

    Jan 5, 2013
    That makes sense! Thank you!
  4. LakeMomNY

    LakeMomNY Chirping

    Apr 25, 2014
    I have a similar set up for similar reasons. Mine has a door that opens into the run and I generally just brush the soiled litter into the run. (I use deep litter in the run)

    Additionally, on mine the whole front wall of the coop is hinged which allows easy removal of the litter into a wheelbarrow if desired.
  5. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    Hit the nail square on the head. Well done in answering why the raised coop area. Only other thing I would add is that in my on the ground coop the mice have found that the floor is an awesome cover for their holes and homes. [​IMG]
  6. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    The main reason my coop is raised, is so I can easily see what is going on under there. Mice, rats, and a whole lot of other pests, just love a dark, hidden, protected space to set up housekeeping of their own. Having a raised coop also gives the chickens a nice shady spot to hang out under. And if you have a walk in coop, half doors don't cut it, gotta have a door big enough to walk in, without cracking your skull.
  7. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chirping

    Mar 25, 2014
    Canby, Oregon
    Shade for chickens to get out of hot sun.
    Rain-free zone to keep feed dry and for chickens to get out of the rain.
    High enough to prevent rodents from living or tunneling underneath.
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Ditto that!

    My coop is built in a large shed.....18" off the ground and way higher than just walk in, which is great for ventilation up high.

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