What's up with all the Coop designs and pictures of people's Coops with them raised on stilts? My Coop was built 20+ years ago on a brick foundation with the deep litter composting pit/dirt floor inherent in the design. I read up and planned my coop in B.C. (before computers) and most of my research was from sources like Mother Earth News and Rodales publications of Organic Gardening fame. Growing up around Kansas/Missouri farm land, I never saw a chicken coop that didn't have a dirt floor. During my research I did read some of the Agriculture extensions publications that recommended a concrete floor, but that was intended for commercial production with skid loaders to clean it out between batches of chickens. The deep litter composting pit was a method that had been in use for centuries by European farmers for livestock/barn management. Some of the ideas I incorporated from my readings was to have mulberry trees in the chicken yard and to make sure all the wood portion of my coop was above the soil line with a roof overhang all four sides for weathering duration. I also used a rainwater collection system and orientated the windows to maximize winter sunlight with trees for summer shade. To this day I do not have water or electricity run to the coop and see no reason to change. See my BYC page for pics of my setup. I have seen some of my urban friends with the Artsy Craftsy coops on stilts have their chickens freeze to death during the first winter. Now a chicken tractor on wheels makes sense to me for summer use raising meaties, but why do so many people have coop floors that need constant cleaning? (and don't get me started on the stupid concept of poop boards) So, if you have a coop on stilts---why? Did you not know of options? What research lead you to that concept? What's the advantage of a raised coop?