Designing my coop... Poop tray question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by byounghusband, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. byounghusband

    byounghusband Chirping

    Apr 19, 2017
    Celina, Texas
    I am designing my coop. (in my head!!) [​IMG]

    It will be a 8' x 6' gable roofed shed built up on cinder pier blocks. Hardware cloth under the floor to keep critters out.
    I am wondering if anyone has built sliding "poop trays" under the roosting area of their coop. Would it help much or be a waste of time and effort? I do plan on putting linoleum flooring in the entire coop for ease of cleaning , but wondered if sliding trays are worth it...
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    I absolutely love poop boards - but have only used fixed ones (vs. sliding) because my coops have all been large, walk-in style coops. The great thing about the poop board is it preserves the floor space beneath the roost for other uses by covering it from the massive amounts of waste the birds put out while at roost - I tend to use that space for feed and water stations and, as needed, can easily partition the space off to use as an in-coop brooding space.
    For me, the ease of cleaning the fixed tray made trying to fiddle around with a sliding contraption kind of pointless and more work than it needed to be - just walk in, sift through the "litter" (I use PDZ in my poop tray) and in less than 5 minutes you're done.
    This is a pretty good example of the design I use - not my coop, but it's pretty similar -- don't have pictures of my old coop and the poop board/roost has yet to be installed in the new coop......but the general idea is here:
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2017
  3. Pats Poultry

    Pats Poultry Chirping

    Oct 17, 2016
    Colorful Colorado
    I second Ol Grey Mares post. Poop boards are worth their weight in gold whether it is a fixed board or sliding. I myself have a stationary board filled wit PDZ also. I have a small coop so reaching in every morning to clean it is no big deal for me. It only takes me a couple of minutes a day
  4. byounghusband

    byounghusband Chirping

    Apr 19, 2017
    Celina, Texas
    Thank you both!! This will change and SIMPLFY my design.[​IMG]

    I actually did a more detailed search after I posted my question and saw you post about your set up. I then learned what Sweet PDZ is all about and I am sold!!

    I have spent a lot of time on many internet forums concerning my may hobbies and interests. This group here is the BEST I have come across!! All friendly, quick with great answers.[​IMG]
  5. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    I am a big fan of poop boards (covered with linoleum flooring in my case) my boards are only 3½ inches away from the removable roost It is a simple task to scrap off the poop (I use a hoe with a broken handle personally) into a container once the roosts are set aside. The close proximity of the poop boards saves eggs from breaking or cracking when they are laid through the night.

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