Do they poop more in the winter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bawkbawkbawk, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm pretty sure the answer is yes, but just checking to make sure I'm not imagining it.

    Was away for a week at Thanksgiving, came home and have noticed there seems to be a LOT more chicken poo. It occurred to me yesterday that lower temperatures may mean that the chickens are eating more to maintain heat - I haven't measured the intake, but the out-go is significantly more than it was a few weeks ago! Right now I'm glad I only have four chickens... [​IMG]
     
  2. Chooksaurus

    Chooksaurus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems that way here too, but I think it is more of the fact that they are just inside more now. We got 1/2" of what is apparently white, fluffy, deadly nuclear fallout (and here I thought it was just the first snow of the year) and they will not set foot outside regardless of what kind of treat awaits them in the run. So all of the piles that were previously located outside are now inside. [​IMG]
     
  3. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    We're in SoCal so no snow, but it is definitely a lot colder than a few weeks ago. I guess they're coming in earlier because of the shorter days but the poo production just seems to have gone into overdrive!

    Hope your girls get over their snow-phobia [​IMG]
     
  4. GardenWeasel

    GardenWeasel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With 25 birds all thankfully using the roost, instead of 6 in the baby corner, I am so grateful that I installed poop boards. Winter will mean scraping every few days compared to once a week. The more they eat the more they poo. I guess that means more frequent trips to the feed store too.
     
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Same here, getting colder, more feed= more poo...at least the texture makes it easier to clean in the cold!
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  6. PAJerry

    PAJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thankful that I finally listened to the smart folks here and put in the droppings boards. Even with the increase in poop, it still only takes a minute to scrape the stuff into the bucket and the coop stays super clean. Last winter, without the boards, I had to clean the coop out every 2-3 weeks because it got just too messy. The savings in time and bedding are great.
     
  7. GardenWeasel

    GardenWeasel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let's all give 3 cheers for Poo or Droppings Boards. Added less time freezing your butt off. Well I'm off to bring unfrozen water to the gals. Heated waterer looking much more attractive right now, but no money. Had a guy stop yesterday ( I'm thinking egg sale) to ask how I kept the water from freezing, I said I don't.
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:[​IMG] Hiphiphooray!!! That's the cheer for dropping boards. Once you have them, you can't understand why everyone doesn't use them...
    The ONLY thing good about the cold weather to me is that, as Lynne said, the poop is harder and easier to scrape up... Mine are hanging out in the coop a LOT more already.
     
  9. GardenWeasel

    GardenWeasel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Frozen poo= less stinky.
     

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