Do you think this is a good idea?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by coffeehead11, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. coffeehead11

    coffeehead11 New Egg

    Dec 14, 2009
    I am in the process of designing my coop. I was thinking about instead of a droppings board under the roost, I would stop the solid floor there , and for the two foot space under the roost, I would have a heavy predator proof wire, which would allow the droppings to fall through, to be cleaned from the outside the coop. I thought this would help quite a bit with the ventilation/moisture issues in the winter and would be easier to clean with a flat shovel. What do you chicken experts out there think?

    Oops, forgot to say I am in central Missouri. Winter lows rarely below zero.

    I have Americauna chickens and plan to get some Lakenvelders.
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  2. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    I've seen many coops like that but it would never work here - WAY too cold! Depends - where are you located and what is the low temps in the winter? Also, what type of chickens do you have?

    ETA: [​IMG]
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  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Sounds like a dropping pit. Type it into the search box and read other threads about them. Many love them!
    *Edited to add: Agree with TipD...might not be great if you're in a really cold weather area...imagine the cold draft coming up under the chickens' booties!!
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  4. cappy

    cappy Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2009
    Cottageville, SC
    Depends on your location. If you have cold winters this may not be a good idea. To much open space to keep in the warmth. In the south it would be OK if the winters don't get too cold. A poo board is not that hard to make or clean.

  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you are somewhere year-round warm/hot, I hear it works fine (although less than 100% of the poo falls through the screening).

    If you are somewhere that gets down to the 40s or lower in wintertime, you will for sure need to close that up for winter, as having a cold breeze blowing up their undercarriage is NOT what chickens need in the way of ventilation [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  6. coffeehead11

    coffeehead11 New Egg

    Dec 14, 2009
    Too cold huh? Rats! I was hoping to avoid having to deal with a poo board. Has anyone ever tried to have one that could be removed from the outside for cleaning, perhaps on rollers like a drawer? Hmmm....
  7. davony's chicks

    davony's chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2009
    Coffee... I live in central missouri too and it is too cold.. brrrrr
    I dont use a poo board,, i just use a flat shovel to scrap it out and it is work. The roller idea sounds like a good idea.

    good luck!
  8. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    I don't see why you couldn't use flat trays (like cookie trays [​IMG]), and put them on a shelf side by side. Then you could have narrow doors on the outside that lock, and slide the trays out to empty/clean them. I've seen setups like that here, but it's been awhile and I can't recall any of the details. Is your coop small and not easily accessible, or would you rather not go inside? Don't use screen, it just makes a bigger mess to clean.
    Oh I remember, one used cafeteria trays (like they use in schools), but they weren't cheap. Another idea is the concrete mixing boxes, then fill those with Stall Dry.
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  9. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Pat nailed it coffeehead. It would be great in warmer weather tho. I would go as far as to say do a poop board at the bottom of the hole and one that is easily pulled daily for scraping. In cold weather, drop a piece of plywood into the space and place a poop plank above that, just below roosts where can be easily reached. A couple of 228" long 2x4's will serve as arms to set it on.

    I did mine with 1/2"OSB sheathing 24" wide and glued linoleum over that. Slick and does not soak up odors or bacteria. Here is the thing about a poop plank: It does not have to be washed daily. It does have to be well-scraped daily tho. Yes, it will streak and smear somewhat [​IMG] but that quickly dries and then is not stinky. I have been using that on my flock of 24 pullets for months now and I can tell you that litter is only going to have to be changed once a year in my coop. I do have 4 windows and always open at least two of them every morning before my scraping chore. [​IMG] That comes even before morning filling of the feed trough. [​IMG]

    I am planning to upgrade to sheet metal for my poop planks. Even easier to scrape. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
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