Why chicken coops are off the ground?

If your chicken coop rises above the ground, even if predators are able to break through the walls, they don't get very far, since the chickens are above their heads. In addition, this allows for better air circulation when a chicken coop rises above the ground and prevents the accumulation of droppings, dust mites and more. A chicken coop raised off the ground has increased air circulation below it. Not only does this help keep the soil dry, but it can also help regulate the temperature inside the chicken coop.

Increased airflow in summer can help keep the chicken coop floor cooler. A raised chicken coop ensures that air can circulate around the chicken coop, can prevent flooding in flood-prone areas, and prevents rats and mice from nesting. An additional advantage of a raised chicken coop is that it can serve as a structure for reared chickens to escape predators. The off-floor chicken coop helps maintain sufficient air circulation and makes cleaning easier.

Proper cleaning and good air circulation can reduce the chances of multiple diseases and problems. That's why the bred chicken coop is a very fashionable feature among chicken breeders. As a result, the raised chicken coop has become a popular feature among chicken owners. The main reason chicken coops should be raised is that it's easier to keep predators away and protect chickens.

This post contains affiliate links for my favorite products from Amazon and Rita Marie's Chicken Coops. My husband and I have created a set of super detailed step-by-step plans and video lessons to teach you how to build an elevated chicken coop for up to 6 chickens. Most chicken coops are generally built at a distance of 16 inches to 4 feet from the ground, with about two feet being the “sweet spot”. Another reason chicken coops that are built on the ground are so popular is because they can be much easier to clean.

Many chicken farmers living in areas with large snake populations have built their chicken coops to prevent these problems. Some of these cunning predators are able to dig effectively, and most will annoy chickens by scratching and trying to get into their chicken coop. If you have a lot of rain, snow, or wind, consider blocking 2 or 3 sides of the area with wood so that your chickens are better protected. It is advisable to breed chicken breeds suitable for your climate, especially if you experience high or very cold temperatures.

The important thing is that your chickens feel safe and protected in their roosts, so that they can sleep well at night. In addition, damp chicken coops will greatly increase the risk of freezing in your chickens during the cold months. The garden shed is on gravel, so the soil underneath stays very cool in the summer and provides my chickens with much needed relief from the heat. Raising a chicken coop off the ground is not mandatory, but there are certainly many advantages to doing so.

However, chickens are surprisingly adaptable to a wide range of temperatures, from freezing temperatures to temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Rita Marie's chicken coops offer incredible quality chicken coops, built by Amish in all different styles.

Célia Peals
Célia Peals

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