Chicken droppings absorbant material nececery?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by xxfPeter, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. xxfPeter

    xxfPeter New Egg

    Apr 4, 2012
    All sorts of different stuff to absorb chicken droppings , how about having a water proof coop floor and wiping it clean once a week? Is there any problems with this I read Some things dont absorb Amonia as much as others so having nothing will absorb none however adiquate ventilation shud be ok right? however maybe cold for the chickens having enough ventilation, will amonia be produced straight away or after more than a week of the poop rotting down? Planning having a hen house for 6 rhode island red hens, with a water proof 4' x 4' base + Nest box, with two 4' purches inside another thing would like to know whats the Hens favorite thickness of purch to encourage them to purch rather than walk in their droppings.
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Chicken droppings are pretty gross- and acidic- it could burn their feet if you let it build up, can you wash it down daily?

    Besides- You wouldn't want to live with a week's worth of y our droppings...

    Not sure if you gave the total size of your coop - but 4*4 feet is not large enough for six chickens to be stuck in their droppings for a week, not even daily really.
    Also you will need to conciser two nest boxes for six hens one for every approx 3 hens- they share but not -that- well.

    On the board for a coop just for the night four square feet per bird is recommended for health and safety. 6*4 = 24 square feet suggested. you are planning 4*4=16 square feet at the moment.

    Mine have different thicknesses to perch on and choose on their own.

    Good luck- I have that composite boards for my ledges and vinyl (lattice) flooring in my run to prevent dig ins and dig outs.

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  3. tyjaco

    tyjaco Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    Cloverdale, CA - you don't want to do that.
    You won't be happy and your hens won't be happy - or healthy.
    build a bigger coop and put bedding down.
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  4. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I would suggest pine shavings and atleast cleaning by the roost every day or every other. If you use sand it would be pretty easy to scoop the poop daily like a litter box. I have 7 chickens in a 6x8 shed and it starts to stink after 3 days.Speaking of which I need to clean MY coop out!
  5. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
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  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Chicken poop is extremely slippery. You'll have chickens with leg issues if you don't have something on the floor to soak up the wet stuff. They chase each other, jump up and down, etc.
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  7. xxfPeter

    xxfPeter New Egg

    Apr 4, 2012
    Quote: Alltment is over a mile away so hoping to have as little maintainance to do as possible, if was in my back garden which they would be if it was a lot bigger I would wash it everyday.

    Quote: Haha thats very true, I never looked at it from the chickens point of view.

    Quote: My Enclosure will be 12' Wide x 50' long and 7' high and coop door will be open 24/7 so I needn't open and close everyday.

    Quote: Ah ok will sell my chicken coop and build a larger one, will work out well because allotment has no water supply so a large shed will be good to catch rain water

    Quote: Might build one much larger, to catch more rain water, room for expansion incase my egg consumption goes up and the more space the merrier the hens will be.

    Quote: [​IMG] good idea they will grow too so their favorite size will change and in winter they may want larger purch.

    Quote: I will look out for the vinyl (lattice) will be good for people with a small run so the chickens arn't stud in wet mud, I am hoping to have a large enough enclosure for the grass to remain green, folks in near by allotment said "no matter how big of space I have they will make it muddy" thats rubbish because when I had an allotment with Ex Girlfriends Dad he had 12 runs about 12'x12' each with atleast three chickens in most of them were eaten bare and were muddy however one run was about 14'x14' and had three Polish chickens which are medium to small chicken and it remained nice and green and so did another run it only had batams in though, I think it was the Maran run that remained green in summer not winter. I will eat my hat if 6 chickens eat bare an Enclosure 12' Wide x 50' long. I really dont fancy eating my hat so if it starts to look bare I may eat a chicken [​IMG]
  8. laughingdog52

    laughingdog52 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2011
    Eastern Oregon
  9. StephanieH

    StephanieH Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012
    You are planning to check on them, if not clean the coop, daily, right? I sympathize on the small yard.
  10. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    I do hope you'll be checking in on the chickens daily.....what about feeding and water for them. Also are you planning on keeping them cooped up in the coop all day, every day?

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