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What Are Some Things to Add in a Coop So it Stays Clean?

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Those chicken feeders and waterers from the farm store are always messy.  The chickens always throw everything around the room, making cleaning tougher.  Is there any way to make a different method of feeding?  I've seen some really nice ideas on Pinterest, but if you guys had any ideas, let me know!  I'm needing ideas so I could add things to the coop.  Anything would be appreciated, from cleaner bedding, to cleaner perches!

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You could try hanging the feeders and waterers, elevate and attach to the walls,  or raise them up on blocks.

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Using waterers with nipples keeps the water clean.  There are horizontal nipples and vertical nipples.  After using both I prefer the horizontal.  Best part is that the chickens always have clean water.

 

I've been researching an automatic chicken feeder called the trigger.  The chickens tap a bar that is hanging from the bottom of the chicken feeder and little bit of food falls into a pan you have under it.  It's something I'm thinking of buying this spring to help keep mess down and also help keep rodents and rabbits from eating the feed. 

 

Raising a chicken feeder to chest high can also help keep things neat.  With the raised feeder they can't scratch it out with their feet. 

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So far the two best things I did was make a 5 gallon bucket feeder with the 90 degree pvc elbows. (there is a thread on this feeder in the feeding watering section).  I also added two cup style waterers on a 5 gallon water jug.  The feeder definitely cuts down on wasted feed.

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PVC feeder and poultry nipple waterer are awesome.


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These don't necessarily keep the coop cleaner, 'cause you know - poop happens, but they do make for easier provision of feed and water without waste.

 

Totally waste free feeder......http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/aarts-almost-waste-free-funnel-bucket-feeder

 

Nipple waterer can be heated in winter ....http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/aarts-heated-waterer-with-horizontal-nipples

 

Roost(poop) boards do make manure management easier, in a way, and reduces coop odor....

.......http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/621363/poop-board-convert-warning-graphic-gross-poop-pictures/1100#post_13179595


Edited by aart - 3/27/16 at 3:45pm

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I'm thinking about making one of these. I have the PVC feeders but they still seem to scrape the feed out. I also have the chicken nipples waterer and I love those.
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I'm thinking about making one of these. I have the PVC feeders but they still seem to scrape the feed out. I also have the chicken nipples waterer and I love those.

I like your clear feeder so that you can see when to fill it.  We made two of these last summer and they work good but still scrape feed out on the ground.

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