Here are pics of my raised coops and brooders with wire floor. I love the raised coops with wire floor but I like to put hay inside to catch the poop. It's so easy to clean that way. Take out the old hay and put in the new hay. And the wire is still clean.
Wire Floor Raised Coop
Hay Bedding On Wire Floor:
Shelf Liner Placed On Wire For Babies
Raised Brooders With Wire Floor
Hay and Puppy Pad Lining on Wire Floor
Pic of Broody hen in raised brooder with hay bedding on wire
I have a few "direct deposit" coops as I call them. They have rat wire floors and are positioned over my compost bins that I built out of pallets. It's handy because I never have to clean them and the poop goes right where I want it- in the bin! Toss in some leaves, pine tags, garden waste, etc. and you have yourself a low maintenance set up.
Quote:So what's the difference between this and a regular coop floor with litter that you scoop out and replace and leave the floor clean?
In my opinion, the ventilation helps with the smell. Having a chicken coop with minimal smell is VERY important to me because I have about 165 chickens. The fumes would be overwhelming for me. That's why I have so many chicken coops.
Not only are my coops raised, they are open air.
People also like raised coops because you can use the bottom of the coop for other things. My animals go under the raised coop to get out of the rain, to take a nap etc., so they don't have to go inside of a coop and be stuck in there all day. It's all about fresh air and fresh smells for me.