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Height under coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by McKinneyMike, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. McKinneyMike

    McKinneyMike Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2013
    McKinney, TX
    I am planning my new (and first) chicken coop and run. It is based upon the Wichita style coop, but I am going to make it a little bigger overall. I was curious what would you all consider to be a good height for the area directly under the coop? I was thinking 18" would be enough. but then I started thinking that some big birds are pretty tall. I am going to have a mix of Brahmas, Sussex and Wyandottes most likely. No more than 6 hens and no rooster. I want to make them as comfortable as I can.
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    I would think 18-20" is tall enough. They will likely use that area for shade and dust baths anyway.
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  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada



    My coop is only up on one Cinder Block basically (maybe 6" higher).
    My hens dust bathe and hang out under the coop most of the time during the hot summer days. They also dash under there when threatened by a predator.
  4. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2013
    I went for 2ft from the ground to the bottom of the coop thinking I don't have to bend over so much to clean it out, it works ok but still tough on the back a couple of inches higher would have been a little better I think.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    That would be tall enough for the chooks, but if you have to get under there to clean or capture an injured bird you might want to go taller.
  6. yellowjacket

    yellowjacket Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 5, 2010
    Summerland, BC
  7. sadieh

    sadieh Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 10, 2013
    I did 2 feet off the ground, it gives them plenty of space to hang out under there (which they do a lot) and makes it easy to clean out underneath. Also if they ever lay eggs under there I can easily see and get to them
  8. Murphy212

    Murphy212 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2013
    I have about 2 feet under my coop. Bought a pre-built coop and had it raised up on blocks as I didn't want it close to the ground. It is a good height for the chickens and for raking underneath (sand in run) and for cleaning the poop tray.. . But I have to use a small step ladder to get into the coop myself when I clean and change the bedding.. Might want to plan easy access for yourself when designing.
  9. Mike Fitz

    Mike Fitz Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2013
    Eastern Missouri
    My Coop
    I went with 2 feet as well, seems to be working well and the chicks love the dust.


    There are 2 swing up doors on the back side for access when it needs to be raked out.

    Last edited: Oct 3, 2013

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