How TALL should a shelter for chickens be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hopeful Peacock, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Hopeful Peacock

    Hopeful Peacock In the Brooder

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    I want to design a tractor so that it is up on legs and has a shady area underneath for chickens to hang out. I'm getting standard breeds on the large side (brahma, wyandotte). How high off the ground should their "ceiling" be in a hang out space?

    Thanks!
     
  2. spotstealer

    spotstealer Songster

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    I'm in the process of building my coop now. I plan on about 2 ft under the coop. This way it will be above the snow as well as having room for them to walk down the ramp into the run. The hieght of my coop will top out at six feet, the hieght I plan on making my run.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    They will wedge themselves even into a 12" high space if they want to, but 15-16" is much kinder, they will still have to hunch a bit but not badly. And of course there is a real tradeoff in chicken headroom versus the stability of the tractor.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  4. Hopeful Peacock

    Hopeful Peacock In the Brooder

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    Thank you! [​IMG]
     

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