Coop cleaning

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Yard full o' rocks, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. Yard full o' rocks

    Yard full o' rocks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2009
    Cartersville, Georgia
    Any suggestions for cleaning the "poop from the coop"?? I have pine shavings in my coop and I feel like I need an oversized "kitty litter scoop" to clean it out without removing all of the shavings. Anybody have anything that works well? Thanks
  2. RHewitt

    RHewitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Let one of your offspring help out. [​IMG] They can learn that a little elbow grease gets the coop clean. My son shown here is to young to use a shovel but he tries hard. I remove everything about once a month a replace the shavings. Then my son and I spread the manure and shavings on our food plots and the hunting club or in our garden spot. Some peolpe will add shavings on top of the exisiting ones until it gets 8 to 12 inches deep . They call this the deep litter method. If gives the chickens a deep bed to scratch in. I see in your picture you have on Camo so I figured the food plot fertilizer idea might be something you would find useful.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2009
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Realistically you are unlikely to be able to remove individual poops. If you want to *try*, or want something to use on larger accumulated deposits, I'd suggest the stall forks made for cleaning horse stalls (Future Fork and all the clones, with close-set plastic tines).

    Mostly though people either put in minimal litter and remove it all on a frequent basis (like once a week, or whatever works for you); or spot-clean and just keep adding a bit more litter, till the whole thing gets ucky enough that you shovel it all out and replace.

    Everyone has their own style, though; there is SO not just one way to do it [​IMG]

    A droppings board under the roost, with the poo scraped off it every morning and removed from the coop, will greatly reduce sanitation duties.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I keep a bucket with a large cat litter scoop and hand-whisk broom handy. I go in twice a day, morning and night, to check feed and water, throw some goodies, and police up the coop and run. It only takes a couple of minutes, but keeping things clean saves shavings, reduces flies, keeps coccidiosis problems low, eliminates the smell, keeps the girls' feet clean, and keeps me humble and out of trouble. [​IMG]

    Actually, the bucket worked so well that now I keep two sets around for convenience.

    Hope that helps! Good luck.
  5. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    I put some cheap linoleum on my coop floor (8x10) and put pine shavings on top as the litter. About once a month, or every two months, I just push the shavings out the door on a tarp and haul it over to my compost pile. Between my cleanings I just add more pin shavings on the top as needed. I don't do the deep litter method a I clean it before it gets to deep, but I don't have any type of odor issue either.
  6. Yard full o' rocks

    Yard full o' rocks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2009
    Cartersville, Georgia
    I also put linoleum down before the, I will try that. thanks!!
  7. augustmomx2

    augustmomx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Central Indiana
    Quote:Wooo, I like that I idea about the bucket and your little "kit" you made to clean. I'm going to have to do that [​IMG]
  8. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2008
    Skidway Lake, MI
    I have a medium size coop on dirt. A few days ago we jacked it up, wrapped a chain around it and moved it ten feet. Turned the tractor around and scraped the ground where it was. I don't know how you people with floors do it. lol. We build everything on skids now just for this reason. I really do rake it out every now and then but the best way I've found for serious cleaning is to move it every six months.
  9. misspoppins

    misspoppins Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 20, 2008
    I have hay in my coop and I clean it out once every couple of weeks. It can get kinda messy in there though, especially on the run, so I'll usually just brush that off and throw more hay on until I really feel the need to change it. [​IMG]

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