Does anyone have poop boards in a very small coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BlueBetween, May 29, 2011.

  1. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love to hear if it works for you, or see photos. My coop is 4X4 and my poop board is big and I'm afraid they won't have any room to jump off and land properly.

    Here's what I've got going on.

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    Thanks!
     
  2. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea, it looks a little big to me. I would cut it to maybe an inch or so in front of the roost. I don't have one but that is just my opinion.
     
  3. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one in my really small coop, here's how I do it.

    Reinforce the poop board somehow. I would try taking yours out, and adding two 2x4's on the front end to hold it up. They will fly up to the poop board, then onto the roost. Just make sure that the poop board can support their weight.
     
  4. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted the poop board light enough to remove because I don't think I can reach back there to scrape it well enough.

    Here is what I have for support, and you are right, not sticking out enough in front.

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  5. Huskeriowa

    Huskeriowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This has worked for me. Maybe some variation will work for you. I put it on chains to get it out of the way when I am cleaning.

    Good luck.

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  6. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:how much room do your chickens have to land? Looks like an elegant setup.
     
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    My bantam coop is 4x5 (smaller than that on the inside, since it's insulated), and I managed a dropping board. My dropping board is 16 inches wide; how wide it yours?? I found mine too flimsy, so I stuck a scrap piece of T1-11 (1/2 plywood would work great) under the flimsy board. That way I can still slide the flimsy board out to hose off once a month or so (although I scrape it daily). I also have a little ramp, because the dropping board sticks out pretty far, and in a short space it's hard to make it up to the roost. Of course some just hop up on the dropping board, and then onto the roost; other's use the ramp.
    In this picture, I don't have the plywood under the flimsy board (as I do now), but it'll give you an idea of how I've worked it. My next box (which is in there now) is elevated 16 inches so that I don't lose any floor space...
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  8. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine is about 20 inches right now, I'm thinking of cutting 4 inches off and using that 4 inch piece as my "gate" board at the doors to keep shavings inside. Removable. I'll try that and see if that seems more comfortable/roomy.
     
  9. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Why not support the front edge and slide a big cookie pan in there?
     
  10. eggscrement

    eggscrement Out Of The Brooder

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    here mine they havent roosted yet so the design is not tested
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