purpose of raised coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kacie54, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. kacie54

    kacie54 New Egg

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    we do not have chickens yet, but we are trying to do our homework now so that this spring we will start off on the right foot! why are most chicken coops raised? is it just for protection from predators? or is there another purpose?
     
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I have raised coops for protection from predators and for additional space under the coop during the day time for the chickens.
     
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  3. daver

    daver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built ours (4X6) raised for run space and a smaller footprint in the yard.

    A lot of potential predators can and will climb.

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  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Most raised coop are more attractive to the folks with less space and only a few hen's, the suburban pet chicken folks really like them. they fit into backyards well, look ok next to Jr's swingset and aren't a big hassle to build or have shipped. chickens don't seem to mind the confined space so it really works well for those urban pet folks.
     
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  5. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've wondered why a raised coop too. My coop floor is cement.
     
  6. BetterHensandGardens

    BetterHensandGardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. SueBaby

    SueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, ours is raised to give shade in the attached run. We also built a storage area that is raised so that there are 2 shady areas. I'm so glad we did!

    Here's a pic, coop/hen house on the left, storage on the right...

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  8. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

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    Another reason is if you just have a wood shed on skids or something similar, rats like to nest underneath. Our first coop was a shed, the rest of them are raised. It doesn't elimante rats, but at least you know you don't have a huge colony of them living directly under the coop! [​IMG]
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Also, if the coop is not large enough for a person to walk into it, raising the coop makes it easier to clean. Leaning into it is much better on the knees and back than bending over or crouching to reach everywhere inside.

    But the space underneath a raised coop is great for shade or shelter for the chickens, too.
     
  10. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The main reason I raised mine, was to NOT give mice and/or rats a nice hidden place to set up housekeeping. They love dark hidden spaces. Got to be able to see under there to know whats going on.
    Jack
     

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