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Coop improvments

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by littleseed, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. littleseed

    littleseed Out Of The Brooder

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    I am so excited! We had a typical ladder style roost and recently changed it to roosts all the same height with a board underneath.
    So much easier to clean and frees up all the floor space when my freerangers cant get outside due to weather.

    Anyone else make the switch and how did you like it?
     
  2. BarneyNCyndi

    BarneyNCyndi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have our roosts all at the same level, save for a lower one to enable the heavier girls to get up there. It seems to work well as there are no pecking order issues among the girls.
     
  3. littleseed

    littleseed Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, that was a nice side effect. The bickering stopped.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I started with that, and am glad I did......doesn't eliminate the bickering at roost time tho, lol.
     
  5. BarneyNCyndi

    BarneyNCyndi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True there always seem to be some fussing at bedtime, but after a few minutes they settle down for the night. Everyones gotta find their spot before theres any peace in there.
     
  6. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was set on using the ladder style roost, but after thinking and re-thinking, I think I'm going to go with the one height after all. Mostly to save floor space and ease of cleaning.

    Is a droppings board with a bit of sand and PDZ on vinyl good?
     
  7. littleseed

    littleseed Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 50 birds in 2 coops. I am so happy we changed to this system.
    We just use plywood and a flat snow shovel to scrape.
    Our actual 2x4 roosts are in joist hangers so.we can pull them out for cleaning time.
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2016
  8. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, that would probably work too! I tend to over think things... hahaha! :p

    Do you find you have to clean the actual roosting boards often?
     
  9. littleseed

    littleseed Out Of The Brooder

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    I clean once every week or 3.
     
  10. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you have pictures of your set up?
     

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