Should i raise the coop off the ground?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Christoffking, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. Christoffking

    Christoffking Just Hatched

    Jan 12, 2017
    Southern Arizona
    So I have this toddler playhouse made out of wood I found on Facebook, the guy needed it gone and I saw a opportunity. Since it's all wood I can build on it to make it more predator safe. My question is should I build a platform for it. It has a open bottom and I was planning on placing it on some blocks about 6-8 inches off the ground, is that good or should I go for the couple feet. I live in southern Arizona if that matter.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I think if it means you don't have to bend down as as far to reach into the coop, that would make it worth int right there! Plus, if it's elevated and your birds can get under it that could be some valuable shade from the Arizona sun!
  3. culturalinfidel

    culturalinfidel Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2017
    I would raise it a couple feet. Gives the chickens some much needed shade in the AZ heat.
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hi there Christoffking

    I agree; if you have the opportunity to have the coop raised, do it. Both the ‘easy to clean’ and ‘additional shade’ are good points.

    I am not familiar with the Arizona climate but just wanted to also add, that if it is anything like ours and you do not really have a winter, you might want to consider a removable, slatted timber floor.

    I have one in our raised coop and not only does it provide good air circulation, it is so easy to slide out and clean.

    Our coop is about 4ft raised and having the slide out floor means that it is easy to duck under and into the coop if need be.


    [As mentioned .. not suitable for all climates]
  5. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Flock Master

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    Having had small coops raised for grown birds and on the ground for a brooy with chicks I would raise it 2 to 2.5 feet. If you have to get under there to do anything from collecting eggs a sneaky hen hid there to gathering up one that failed to go in at night it is nice to have enough room to do so.

    The shade in Arizona will get used happily by them.
  6. Christoffking

    Christoffking Just Hatched

    Jan 12, 2017
    Southern Arizona
    Thanks everyone for the info and suggestions. I'm going to try to raise it up higher to make it easier all around.

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