Why are so many coop designs elevated?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Delmar, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. Delmar

    Delmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Why are so many coop designs elevated?
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I'm thinking it's to give more 'run-room' when it's fenced, but it also seems to be a security measure against predators.
    Anyone else--am I close to being right?
  3. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    and some people use it for droppings. It makes it easier to clean as they fall through
  4. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is what I always thought...also the underneath part can provide shade and a place out of the rain. I would think it would be easier to collect eggs just reaching in while upright than picking eggs on your knees if you werent going to have a people door.
    Cool dog Delmar! Terri O
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    In my case? Easier on a bad hip and back! Makes the cleanout much faster.
  6. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    It keeps the birds off the damp ground......or their coop off the ground same reason
  7. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    For me, in Texas heat, it meant a guaranteed shady spot for my girls... plus 16 sf of run space.

    Also the way I did my feeder/grit/oyster pipes I was able to do a LONG pipe attached to the tall coop instead of a smaller one.

    Bonus points for when we get the freaky flood T-storms I don't have to worry about the coop being wet.
  8. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
    Paso Robles, CA
    More space for my birds and easier to clean and easier to collect eggs mine just roll right out into the box my husband is a handy guy to have around.....when it's windy my birds love to be "downstairs" they only go in the coop to lay they have another favorite roost outside they like unless it's really nasty so that helps keep everything cleaner too.
  9. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Quote:Me too. Here's a pic of mine on concrete blocks. We tend to get standing water in a heavy rain, so it's good for that, too.
  10. ErinG

    ErinG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2010
    Also chickens like to sleep up high, it's just a better use of space to have it elevated.

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