Should I get a walk-in coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Clarks Chickens, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. Clarks Chickens

    Clarks Chickens Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2015
    My chicken coop is kind of a hassle to clean, because the run we built has a top on it. We figured it might be good to get a walk in coop so the chickens have more room to go about their day and they won't make one small area totally disgusting. I'm also thinking about some of that Koop-Clean Sweet PDZ stuff. What do you guys think? Thanks! :)
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    I don't like a coop you can't walk in . They get really messy.
  3. chickenweirdo1

    chickenweirdo1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2016
    My Coop
    I have one i can't walk into and it is a mistake. I always wait to long to clean it because it is so dreaded. Afterwards my back always hurts. So for you and your chickens sake get a walk in coop.
  4. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Flock Master

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    I have had a few walk in and a few raised ones.

    I totally vote a walk in! X 1000

    A few pics of the coops I had to help illustrate the benefits.
    This one is the newest walk in. It is a 6x8 walk in. No fetching eggs from under or stooping to clean.

    This one was the easiest raised one to clean. Still not easy at all. No way to get a wheel barrow up to it and not have to climb in the wheel barrow to clean. I used a bucket lol.

    Just a couple reasons I prefer a walk in.
  5. tmarsh83

    tmarsh83 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2015
    I've had both.

    The only reason i would use a coop i can't walk in, is for isolation.
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Just chiming in with an alternative to walk in [​IMG]

    I struggled with one kit coop which became two kit coops joined together for 2 years and yep, they were a pain to clean and hard work for the old knees. Also, the run was low set [we have bantams] but again, a pain to clean. I do not recommend this for anyone! [​IMG]


    So, we went with elevated [because of our tropical climate]. While I can not ‘walk’ into the coop, the floor slides out for easy cleaning and when the floor is out, I can duck under the elevated coop and access all areas for cleaning; my knees are thankful [​IMG]



    We are in the process of moving and the coop being built at the new property is definitely also going to be elevated.
  7. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam Still learning

    Dec 24, 2016
    Shell Knob, Missouri
    Our coop with the hens is walk in. Now for any roosters I'll probably have a elevated to save $$$ when that time comes. I'd save no mater what cause I'd shoot for a much smaller footprint to house 1 rooster and different hens at different times. Cant really justify a small walk in coop. At least that's my plan as of now.

    Last edited: Mar 16, 2017
  8. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2016
    Harris County Georgia
    I have an old shed for my girl's coop. walk in, then they have a run to the side. To me its so much easier to have the walk in, ease of clean, and i have severe back problems so its much easier for me. Plus they like the roomy coop..
  9. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal True BYC Addict

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    You want a walk in coop. Believe me, I've had both types. Walk in coops are a dream come true! Everything is so much easier, not just cleaning.
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  10. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam Still learning

    Dec 24, 2016
    Shell Knob, Missouri
    So Not to be off topic but if you had to build a smaller coop for 3-4 chickens you'd say build a walk in?


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