Raised floor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ncCHICKS, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    I want to build a new chicken coop. I just finished my other but now I want more chickens.

    We have a part of our yard that floods in bad rain about 4 inches. Couldn't I raise the coop on something, not sure what and what could I build the floor of? It will be a 8x4x5 walk in coop that is a trianglular prism shape. The yard isn't flooded long and I can prime the wood...
  2. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    you can either make concrete footers, or buy them or use cinder-blocks to raise the coop, I have mine on cinderblocks, floor is framed with 4x4's left over from my old wood fence and covered with 3/4" plywood sheets, with vinyl on top.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Ideally you would raise it a foot or more, because a) if it not infrequently floods 4", chances are it will *sometimes* flood a bunch more; and more importantly b) having less than a foot under your coop is just BEGGING for wood rot and for animals to hunker down underneath and try to rip/gnaw thru into the coop.

    Cinderblocks or posts are good.

    You'll need to think about the ground *around* the coop too. Especially if you have a run (I'd suggest putting in 6" or more of a sand-gravel mix, contained by grade boards around the edge - not totally cheap but you will SO never regret it, as compared to a smelly fly-ridden mudpit), but even if you free-range (because you don't want the chickens to have to disembark into a lake or mudswamp)

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    NCchicks, where is Hope Mills at? I have heard of it, but not sure where it's at
  5. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    Um, i don't know. We are about an hour from raliegh. Off highway 87... an hour from SC and a heck long way away from virginia? [​IMG]

    I'm bad with directions... We are 3-4 hours from Highpoint...

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