What is the minimum height for a coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mylilchix, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    We're getting ready to build a small coop for our roos. I'm wondering what the minimum height for a coop can be? There are 4 roos, I'm thinking of building something at least 20 sq. ft, but I don't want to make their roof too low. Thanks for the advice.

  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Minimum height - How Tall Are You? Add 6" - 12". That would be my answer. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2008
  3. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    I'm thinking of building something with a hinged roof, so I can just pop it open to add food and water.

  4. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    20 sq. feet of roofing is going to be pretty heavy, I would think, unless you're using lightweight materials.
  5. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Okay, but how will you clean it?
  6. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    If they are standard breeds I would make it at least three feet. You should provide a roost as well so you will have to consider this in the height.

    Make sure that you can lock them out when you clean otherwise they will investigate what you are doing and fly over the walls.
  7. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    You are welcome to check out my small suburban setup (designed for four heavy breed laying hens) ~ our coop is 2' off the ground, 3' high, 4' deep and 5' long. The inside has a ladder-style perch, 2 nest boxes, a small waterer and feeder.


    (The article is 2 parts, one for the run and one shows the finished coop.)

    The coop is up on legs to save run space and to provide shade for the girls. The whole front of the coop opens on hinges for easy cleaning, and there is a large back door with double locks for egg box/cleaning access. We have good cross ventilation, and in summer we use a double-reinforced screen door at night.

    Hope that helps!

    Jen in Tn
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You can perfectly well build it raised off the ground (for your convenience) and 'cabinet-style', so that it is a wall that opens rather than the roof. Seems to me this is probably more common than hinged-roof for small box-style coops like that. Just remember that reaching more than 3' into the coop gets obnoxious and messy, so design the coop proportions accordingly.

    I'm with scooter147; I would not make it shorter than 3' to allow a roost bar. You really ought to have a roost of some sort IMO, if only so they can sleep with their butts up out of the poo [​IMG] Also, much less than 3' (and remember you have to add a little bit of allowance for bedding) and they are liable to have problems stretching up and crowing, which is such a natural part of being a rooster that it seems unfair to me to interfere with it.

    Good luck,

  9. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    We are building a small bantam coop which will be 4x4 and 3 feet tall. We plan on having one whole wall open for easy cleaning and the food/water dishes will be hinged on the door that opens for easy fill and clean.
  10. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I vote for raising it up about 18" off the ground and making one whole side open up for cleaning. That would be a lot easier than a roof.

    Check out the ChickNBarn by WARE if you are thinking smaller coop you can open the top. It's small and light enough just to move it when you want to clean under it. Both sides are hinged to peek in and it does have a roost. It might give you more design ideas if you are wanting the coop small and still on the ground.

    Don't buy it if you can build though. You can build something very similar for a lot less! Build a larger run too - the attached run is not large enough for more than 2-3 chickens max. That sized coop would work OK for 4 roosters in a batchelor pad if they have a larger run.


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