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Coop cleaning tools and supplies

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gabz44, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. gabz44

    gabz44 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi ;)
    If I'm putting sand and straw in my coop and run- what are the best cleaning supplies ?
    Do you recommend a certain rake? Something for sifting through sand? Certain gloves etc any other things I need- first time chicken owner.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Most important tool is a dust mask.
    Otherwise it depends on the number of chickens, stocking density and bedding. If only a few chickens and using sand, something to sift the sand as in kitty litter scoop. If you're using straw in the run, like I do, I don't clean it. I just muck it all out occasionally and put down fresh straw. Again, technique and frequency will depend on stocking density.
    Cleaning the coop will be less frequent if you use a poop board under the roost.
    As for tools, square shovel, wide and narrow putty knives/scrapers, dustpan, gloves and dust masks.
     
  3. gabz44

    gabz44 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you @ChickenCanoe so helpful!!! What's a poop board ??
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It is a board under the roost that you can take out to scrape into the compost pile. Most of the feces in the coop happens at night.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    My Coop
    I use a roost(poop) board and pine shavings on floor of coop.
    Sift poops off board every other day and change out all shavings once a year.
    Both go to compost.

    Here's my roost board setup and gear.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...raphic-gross-poop-pictures/1100#post_13179595
    Lots of other good ideas in that thread.

    ETA: I don't use any 'cleaning' products or even water to 'clean' the coop.
    Keeping things dry is the key to a healthy coop.
     
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  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Nest boxes
    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag.
    Frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

    I have 65 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

    Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds.

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    Best DIY feeder I have encountered.
    Click on the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJv

    Poop boards should be located higher than your nest boxes an preferably the highest spot for roosting through the night.
    I have my 2x4 roost 3½ inches from my poop board.

    I find the spacing ideal it saves the day when eggs are laid through the night while they are roosting.

    I have my roost in cups and can just put them to one side when cleaning the board.

    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new.

    Easy peasy!.

    Chicken coop is salvaged 4x8 metal shed.



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    My roost over my poop boards is very similar to this photo (except my roost are resting on the lower 2x4).
    I recently friction fit a piece of vinyl flooring over my poop board.it makes clean up even easier; Pop out; Scrap; Hose; Pop in during summer months ..

    Winter months even easier flex over compost bin DONE!

    Easy peasy
     
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