Is a elevated coop better or on the ground?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by zachmath12345, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. zachmath12345

    zachmath12345 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering if a elevated coop was better?[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Depending on your climate and the overall size of the coop, it may be a tossup.
    I have one built onto a concrete slab. That eliminates hiding places for predators and vermin.
    The rest are elevated to chicken height or a bit higher.
    That gives them a place to cool off in hot weather. It's usually the coolest place around. If the coop is relatively large, it's also a dry place for dust baths even when all the surrounding area is either too wet or frozen solid in winter.
     
  3. zachmath12345

    zachmath12345 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks but if it was elevated and you hade a hever chicken it would give them a wookout ?[​IMG]

    It would be about 6ft long 5ft tall 5ft wide.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  4. pfewless

    pfewless Out Of The Brooder

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    Good question, one I am pondering. I am putting in a 6x9x7 foot tall sloped to 6 foot at the back of the coop. Its metal on top and all sides. I will have a window on both sides and 4 nesting boxes at the back. This sits in a fenced 20x26 area. I plan to have rope light on a timer and am still trying to decide where to put the roosting sticks as well as the easy fill feeder and nipple watering system. Seasonally it will sport 2 screen covered grow boxes for grass and sprouts in the fenced area as well as hanging bags of greens. This will house 10-12 hens and 1 Rooster. Some for laying some for meat. Any advice is more than welcome. Please tell me the flaws in my plan as well as if I need to raise my coop.
     
  5. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    In a smaller coop, it's easier to clean it when it's raised. You can also use the space under it as a covered area in the run. In a larger walk in coop, you'll enjoy the added room to work with when doing maintenance. Also, a raised coop will cool down quicker than one sitting on the ground in winter, and it will be hotter in the summer.
     
  6. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made the mistake of using a plywood floor raised only a few inches off the ground. Rodent heaven.
     
  7. zachmath12345

    zachmath12345 Out Of The Brooder

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    What about puting the walk way under it leading in to the coop?[​IMG][​IMG]
    But thanks for all the advise.[​IMG]
     
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  8. ChickenCanoe

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    Yeah, it needs to be on the ground or high enough for chickens to easily get under it.
     
  9. autumnhearth

    autumnhearth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our girls love to hang out under their coop in the heat, rain and I'm sure in the upcoming snow. It is raised about 2 ft off the ground and is surrounded on three sides by hardware cloth, the fourth side opens into their run. Instant extra space, cover and shade.
     
  10. zachmath12345

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    I was 4 to 5 feet of the ground[​IMG][​IMG]
     

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