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Can people post pictures of their dropping boards under their roosts.  I might be putting them into my coop and I want to get an idea of what they look like and how they are mounted and cleaned.

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post #2 of 22

Not a very good picture. I have roosts 2 deep, (16 inches apart) so the droppings board is 33" wide.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/31282_sd530210.jpg

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post #3 of 22

Mine is made from plywood with linoleum tiles I had leftover from a bathroom project. It's an easy cleaning job, I just scrape the droppings into a bucket, takes 30 seconds for 15 birds.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/21297_roosts_and_dropping_boards_002.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/21297_roosts_and_dropping_boards_001.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/21297_poop_board2.jpg

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post #4 of 22

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/23395_imga0169.jpg

I sprinkeld sand on my droppings board to make it easier to clean off,  it works,  but it still leaves a little behind.  I found a scrap piece of vinyl that i'm going to put on top of the board.  I think that will work even better.

I couldn't imagine not having one.  The thought of all that poop all over  sickbyc


Edited by Suburban chick farmer 09 - 9/13/09 at 4:35pm
post #5 of 22

My highest roosts are above the nests.  2 x 4s followed by chicken wire to catch any mislaid eggs at night and the poop board below.  Scrap the roosts and poops boards every 1-2 days and reapply DE on the roosts (a little filters down onto to the poop board at that time).  Takes less than 5 minutes each time.  Poop board material is white shower board from Lowe's for $10 per 4 x 8 sheet.  Cuts easily with skill saw.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/35063_100_0075.jpg

post #6 of 22

You cant see it very well..but they are on the back wall....i used rabbit cage trays (bought at TSC)..they come out easy and wash easy... i fill them with shavings to help make clean up easier..
Trust me..they are great! I'd never have a coop with out dropping trays now...it makes a BIG difference in keeping the coop clean.





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post #7 of 22

This is ours... the walls are clean, just stained sad

We have a board under the roosts with a sheet of linolium tacked to the wall and covering the board, and one on the  right angled wall as well. There are shavings over the board, with some Stall Dry. I sweep them out every morning, and add fresh shavings to the board. well, not FRESH , but used shavings from the dirtier parts of the bedding that i find. This way the old stuff gets out, and I add a scoop or so of fresh shavings to the bedding every day, so its constantly being cleaned and added to.

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post #9 of 22
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You cant see it very well..but they are on the back wall....i used rabbit cage trays (bought at TSC)..they come out easy and wash easy... i fill them with shavings to help make clean up easier..
Trust me..they are great! I'd never have a coop with out dropping trays now...it makes a BIG difference in keeping the coop clean.





http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm56/redhen1/2008_08150044.jpg


I like the tray idea.  Dump and go.  No bending & scooping.  Love it.

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post #10 of 22

If you click on the link to my personal page, under my username at left,  and look at the photo of the sussexes, you can see the general kind of droppings board that I use. Mind, with that particular one, the nestboxes got pushed back another inch or two after the photo was taken tongue

To clean them I just go along in the morning with a bucket in one hand and a very wide drywall-taping tool (used to use a plastic dustpan) and 'snowplow' the poo off into the bucket. Takes 10 seconds, LITERALLY. I lid the bucket, and every wk or so when enough poo has accumulated I dump it outside at the compost pile.

Pat

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