Does anyone have "RAISED" Chicken Coops?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Elite Silkies, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I am searching for ideas for raised chicken coops. Who recommends welded wire floors and who does not? I would like to the raise the floor of my chicken coops and use 1x1 welded wire.
     
  2. Arkantex

    Arkantex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would be worried about thier feet slipping through and getting stuck in a 1"x1". Have you thought about using 1/2"x1/2" hardware cloth?
     
  3. jpsbcfc

    jpsbcfc Out Of The Brooder

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    hi i have 1 raised coop, its a shed so has the usual wooden floor.

    if i was doing it all again i would put mesh under their roosts (they dont walk on there anyway) to allow the poop to drop through into a trough at the bottom.

    i wouldnt use mesh for the whole floor tho, as above i would worry their feet slipping through and maybe getting stuck.

    plus it could get awfully cold
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    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.

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    Pic of Broody hen in raised brooder with hay bedding on wire
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    Lined Raised Brooder - Pic of Inside (floor):
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  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Kuntrygirl your pens are awesome!! Thank you so much [​IMG] Adult Silkies will be in these raised coops, so what do you suggest on wire size 1/2 x 1/2 or 1 x 1??
     
  7. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  8. OldChurchEggery1

    OldChurchEggery1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Thank you. Adult Silkies..... Are they the same size as bantams? I'm not familiar with their size.
     
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    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.
     

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