Chicken Poop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jdoane, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm using sand in my coop which makes scooping out the poop a piece of cake! I would love to compost it but am a little confused on how that would work given not using shavings or straw. Currently I am scooping into a 5 gallon bucket with lid. It's pretty much straight poop and a little sand. Should I add some shavings? Or should I just dump it into my regular rolling composter?
     
  2. chickcrazychick

    chickcrazychick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sorry can't answer your comost question..but I do have a sand questio for ya :) I've been wanting to use sand inside my coop for easy clean-up, I currently use wood shavings. I noticed the chickens sweep the shavings away for good footing to fly up on their roost. So would sand still allow them to be able to fly up easily?? (I have a cement floor inside the coop)
     
  3. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think so. I haven't noticed them clearing it away at all to get a good jump. I have only had them out in the coop for one week but I love the sand and they seem to also. It seems so much easier to clean than their brooder of wood chips was! :ya
     
  4. chickcrazychick

    chickcrazychick Out Of The Brooder

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    It definitely sounds easier! I'm excited to give it a try! Using the shavings is such a huge waste, scooping poo outta sand seems much more efficient ;)..thank you for the feedback!
     
  5. heidisue

    heidisue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Compost it straight - you don't need the shavings :) Do you add other things in your compost at all (kitchen waste, dead leaves, etc)?
     
  6. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I put other stuff in the composter. In that kind of mix how long will it need to compost do you think?
     
  7. heidisue

    heidisue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine doesn't take long at all, straight chicken poo heats the pile fast! That said, it depends on the individual pile. I tend to keep adding stuff and and it will take about 2-3 months from when I decide to start a new pile and stop adding to the old.
     
  8. Sharon Bee

    Sharon Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question about chicken poo.

    I've noticed what looks like bloody poops from time to time in the coop. My chickens are 4 months old. Is this something to be concerned about? They seem to be happy and eating well.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2013
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    This might help
     

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