Chicken Litterbox - AKA my new roost

cyanne

Songster
11 Years
May 19, 2008
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Cedar Creek, TX
Our chickens had outgrown their makeshift roost and needed something bigger, but since we were in the process of moving I did not want to build something we couldn't take with us. Also, I wanted something that would catch all the poo and be easy to clean. Here is what we came up with:



The top roost is about 4 feet from the ground, and each level has a heavy duty tray to catch the poo. The trays are 2ft X 3ft and we got them at Lowes in the concrete mixing section for about $13.00 The rest was made from scrap wood I already had in the garage leftover from other projects.



Each tray slides out for easy cleaning, and I put in a couple of inches of stall-dri so that any poo that falls in there gets dried up and doesn't smell. Plus, when it's time to clean, I just use a litter box sifting scoop and scoop out all of the poo, leaving behind just the clean stall-dri (this also keeps the poo from sticking to the inside of the tray).



As you can see, my chickens LOVE their new roost, and I plan on making more of these when we get moved into the new house and build new coops for them.
 

ChanceRider

Songster
11 Years
Aug 19, 2008
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Somerset, CA
That would work SO well in my coop for my 9 girls. What's really great is that I'll probably have plenty of left over 2" x 4" and 1" x 3" boards from building their run this week. All I'll need is the pans. Thanks for sharing your success and posting the pics!
 

cyanne

Songster
11 Years
May 19, 2008
512
2
139
Cedar Creek, TX
Quote:Good eye! I was originally going to use 2 X 4s, but I needed to maximize roost space because I had so many chickens living in this coop for the time being. Using the 1 X 2s I was able to put in more cross pieces.

The set-up is only temporary though, as we'll be moving into our new place at the end of October which has a 12 x 20ft building onsite that I am turning into a 3 part chicken coop. I'm dividing it up into 3 pens with 2 for standard layers and the third for the bantams.

The roost bar sections on this are removable, so I can swap them out with 2 x 4's or just use this one for the bantams and build new ones for the standard hens.
 
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