For those with a raised coop and attached run......

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by will hunt for food, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. will hunt for food

    will hunt for food Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    I want to utilize the space under the coop as more run space. I am thinking about having 18" from the ground to the coop floor. Because I am using 2x6 bands to frame the bottom out, the birds will actually have a 12.5" opening to enter under the 18" space (since a 2x6 is actually 5.5" wide: 18" - 5.5" = 12.5").

    Will they be hesitant to go under the coop?
  2. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Don't think so. When it is hot out and the dirt under there is nice and cool and hopefully dry they will love it! Dust baths are so cute!
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Both of my coops are on the ground. My next coop will be raised. There are pics on my BYC Page
  4. franko

    franko Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    Hunt, Tx
    Great Pics. Thank you for giving us a look. Wonderful. franko
  5. Terri

    Terri Songster

    Dec 1, 2008
    Level Cross, NC
    will the hens lay under there?
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    The only thing I dislike about space under the coop is access. You need to be able to get all the way under there if they are.
  7. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Songster

    I've got a playhouse coop which is 4' x 4'; the space under the coop isn't large. It's about 2 feet high, and the hens enjoy going into it from their attached run. They dust bathe and scratch about in the area, but no one lays eggs. To clean the ground, I can easily use a metal rake or hoe to pull anything into the run and shovel from there.

  8. AnnesChicks

    AnnesChicks Songster

    Mar 4, 2009
    Aberdeen, Washington
    We raised ours and I am glad we did. The first night one of the girls fell asleep in a corner underneath, I got a rake an gently pulled her to me. That is the one and only time, after that they all go to bed in the coop. Our run is not covered and because it is still wet and rainy here I am glad they have a place to get out of the weather. I also put a tub of playsand with DE for a dust bath underneath where is stays dry, and they started using that the first day.

    An unexpected bonus was it is much easier on the back to refill food/water. I also found out I can park the wheelbarrow next to the door and quickly rake all the litter into it. Couldn't be easier!
  9. will hunt for food

    will hunt for food Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    Will 12.5" be enough headspace to enter?
  10. Quote:Our first coop has a protected run area and part is under the coop, but it is 24 inches tall... Think about how tall your birds are when standing, we have bantam cochins and 24 inches is just right, though from experience watching them while out free ranging they like to really stand up and stretch as it were. I'd consider at least 30 inches of elevation, just a thought...
    Here you see a couple of wyandottes hanging out, for them it was a tad low if you ask me...

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