How high off the ground can the coop be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by webs66, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. webs66

    webs66 Out Of The Brooder

    20
    0
    32
    Jul 11, 2008
    Rhode Island
    I am new to the forum this is my first post. We do not have any chickens yet, but would like to get some soon. We are hoping to be able to use our childrens playhouse for the coop. My husband built it propbably 2 years ago now and as they usually do -- the kids don't use it any more. My big concern is it's too high off the ground - it's got to be 10 - 15 feet in the air. Is there any way we could build a stair or ramp system for the chickens to be able to get into it?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    30,361
    151
    446
    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    perhaps you could cut the legs off of it?
     
  3. webs66

    webs66 Out Of The Brooder

    20
    0
    32
    Jul 11, 2008
    Rhode Island
    I wish, but that won't work, when he built it he put a front porch on it that he built around a tree. We would have to completely disassemble it to lower it.
     
  4. wishin4chicken

    wishin4chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    458
    0
    119
    Jun 20, 2008
    Hayden Lake, Idaho
    I've seen pictures in several poultry books where the coop is easily that far off the ground with a ramp built up to the door. In one book it stated that it was to prevent foxes from entering the coop. Maybe your playhouse would work...!

    [​IMG]

    Found the book:

    Keeping Chickens
    An Essential Guide to Enjoying and Getting the Best from Chickens
    by Jeremy Hobson and Celia Lewis

    The picture is on pages 64 and 65. Had my husband take a look and he said it's probably 8+ feet off the ground to the floor level.
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2008
  5. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    well, it may just work, but a pain in teh rear to collect the eggs and clean the coop! [​IMG]
     
  6. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    16,153
    62
    361
    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    You know, why not just rip it apart and build a new coop out of the recycled lumber?

    It doesn't really make sense to me to try to use a structure that would be difficult for you to clean or spend a lot of time in. [​IMG] It also seems like it would be better to have it built specifically for the comfort and needs of your birds.
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    5,719
    42
    283
    May 8, 2007
    Wisconsin
    I don't think your chickens would mind. Heck, they like roosting in trees! [​IMG]

    How are you going to feel about climbing up there twice a day to open and close their door? Gather eggs? Carry clean water? Carry up food? And of course, scooping out the dirty litter? Does this playhouse come with steps or a ramp for you? I guess a pulley system might help you out, to make a sort of dumb waiter.

    You probably need to just think about all this, before you commit to it. Sometimes unusual ideas don't work out and sometimes they just require more planning. I'd put a stuffed chicken up there for 2 weeks and do chores for it. Climb up there twice a day, carry a bucket full of water or feed. See if it's no big deal or if the charm wears off a bit. We'll lend you support, no matter what you decide to do.
     
  8. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    If you decide the high up coop isn't the best choice you could always use the wood from the fort to build the new coop. If you take apart the fort.
     
  9. webs66

    webs66 Out Of The Brooder

    20
    0
    32
    Jul 11, 2008
    Rhode Island
    I have been corrected by my husband. the playhouse is only 6-8 feet off the ground. There is a stair case with a platform and full size door for us to enter by, and it also has a very nice front porch for us to keep all the supplies on. The more we look at the more we think it may work.
     
  10. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I think it sounds like it could work, with the porch and the stairs doesn't sound to bad. Do you have any pictures of it???
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by