Raised coop VS a shed style coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Gazinga, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    Ok, why do we build a raised coop? What are teh benefits of it? Over a shed style coop or tractor?
     
  2. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

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    I think to keep gnawing animals from getting in.
     
  3. Kitchenella

    Kitchenella Out Of The Brooder

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    I raised mine because I have a very small yard and using the space uder the shed provides more room for the run and shade.

    Peggy
     
  4. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    don't know how cold your area is.. but where we are we have 1' raised slat floor, keeps the coop dry.
     
  5. homestead5er

    homestead5er Out Of The Brooder

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    My coop is only 4' by 8', raised mine to stop rodents from living under it and to make it easy to clean out. No bending over!!
     
  6. MsMelvin

    MsMelvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Exactly, but not only that... if you plan on adding an outside run, include fencing around the legs of the coop giving your flock a great place to hide! They feel safe under there. Mine like to take their dust bath under the coop in the shade [​IMG]

    Safe and dry...they love it! Sally
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Raised coop:
    costs more to build
    easier to predatorproof (i.e. is automatically fairly pred-proof)
    immune from mud/flooding issues inside the coop
    fairly easy to disinfect if necessary
    floor does not develop holes, pits, etc
    chickens can have access to some/all of underneath part as shelter

    Dirt-floored coop:
    cheaper and easier to build
    harder to predatorproof vs digging predators
    can flood
    can't really be disinfected if you should ever need to
    can become uneven and pitted, not always so easy to repair

    Slab- or paver-floored coop:
    All the dirt floor comments, except is expensive to build but
    extremely (for slab) or fairly well (for pavers) predatorproof

    There are also differences in the thermal behavior of raised coops vs coops on teh ground. However it is very complicated and hard to summarize or in some cases predict. In general, a large raised coop will get hotter sooner in summer, and colder faster in winter, than a large dirt- or slab-floored coop.

    JME,

    Pat
     

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