Premium Feather Member
- Mar 9, 2014
Having used both types....Okay No wire floor! I am thinking plywood with vinyl flooring. I just need to get to home Depot.
Another question ground level vs Raised coops. Pros & cons?
Raised gives the space under for chickens to use for shade or weather protection, mice are less likely to get in, can be torn down or moved fairly easily, and uses less materials to build.
Raised is a pain for the human to get eggs or birds out from under, venting is a pain to do, is restricted in footprint without more extreme support (even then restricted because tending still has to happen), the human is stuck in the weather to tend cleaning or birds, unless properly built and heavy as heck wind can tip them.
Walk in gives more space for stepping in out of the weather to tend birds, with a taller roof venting is easy, hard for the win d to grab and tip, can be built big or added onto as needed, more space for roost placement, easier to clean and can be repurposed as a garden shed if chickens don't work out.
Walk ins don't allow chicken access underneath (unless built that way), if not blocked a chicken MIGHT decide underneath is a great place to go broody, requires more materials to build, not easily torn down or moved.
Personally I like walk ins. I do see where raised can work well and may be needed due to space constraints.