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Does any one have a slide out dropping board that goes under the roost? DO you have any photos? Is it easy to clean? What would you change about your design?

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post #2 of 7

I made a dropping board as seen here

http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/8608/bits.th.jpg

I put in about half an inch of shavings and clean it out maybe every 2 months with 4 chickens. I give it a 'stir' every couple of weeks or so. One of my chickens has a habit of digging up the shavings so sometimes there is a lot of poop directly on the board but it can get scraped off pretty easily.

I'm not sure what I'd change. Maybe split the board into two boards, as a single 5' by 2' board can be a little unwieldy for one person.

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thank you for your reply I really like your design.

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post #4 of 7

Mine is not slide out, but completely removable via wing nut when a major cleaning is in order.  It sits on a bracket, and is supported on the wall.  I simply lift up the wire barrier, and use a drywall tape knife to scrape the poop.  Very easy.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h50/Sakoluvr/Rearwindow.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h50/Sakoluvr/Poopboardbelowroost.jpg

post #5 of 7

Here are mine:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/14089_roosting_loft.jpg

post #6 of 7
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Do those of you  with the wiring over the board find it to be helpful or does it just get covered in chicken poop?

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post #7 of 7

The wire I am using is a very open mesh.  It is not getting covered up in poop.  The idea is to keep the birds out of the poop and picking/walking through it.  It is working well for me so far.

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