Does anyone NOT use a poop board and wish they had? or...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gale65, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    Or not use one with deep litter and are happy they didn't (Not on a dirt floor)? I'm sitting here imagining my germophobic self scraping poop every day and wondering where to put it and thinking maybe I'd be better off not using boards at all. For the record I hate scooping the poop from the sand we have right now for a variety of reasons.
  2. darkmatter

    darkmatter Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
    Quote:See my BYC page for pics of my setup. No poop boards ever, been working for 2 decades.
  3. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    Quote:See my BYC page for pics of my setup. No poop boards ever, been working for 2 decades.

    But you have a dirt floor. I can't have a dirt floor so that's why I specifically noted "not on a dirt floor" in my post.
  4. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    I don't have a poop board, but I only have 8 girls in the coop. I have a sand floor, and I just scoop up the poop once a day. No muss, no fuss, no smell, no problem.

  5. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Songster

    Apr 7, 2011
    Yakima, WA
    Wood floor covered with lino -- I used deep litter with out poo-boards.

    I'm happy.
  6. JHillgrove

    JHillgrove In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2011
    Snohomish, WA
    I have wood floor covered in sand and I have no poop boards, works great.
  7. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Songster

    Dec 21, 2010
    I do not use a poop board and, for a while, I thought I should be. It seems logical in theory and if the poo is all collected in one place, it should be easy to remove and scrape into a bucket and then take to the compost pile. But the couple of times I have tried this, that theory gets all blown out of the water. A lot of the issue is my set up - I would have to line the whole bottom of my coop with thin poop boards as my roost are all at the same level. Plus the coop is fairly deep so the boards end up being fairly long and thus heavy and hard to handle. Plus the hens always seemed to poop near the end I had to hold on to in order to remove the board. And I didn't have a bucket that was wide enough to accomodate the board. Let's just say it was a huge mess and I quickly became convinced that a daily scooping of poop from the sawdust using a cat litter scoop was the quickest, easiest and least messy option for me. I have 12 hens and the daily scooping takes maybe 5 minutes and I can cleanly pick up the poop with the litter scoop and place it in the bucket and never have to touch the stuff! Plus the sawdust usually clumps around the poos so it is not as messy as scraping off a board. Having said that, when we build our new coop, I may try poop boards again because so many people speak so highly of them.
  8. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Songster

    May 20, 2010
    San Diego
    I don't have poop boards, I have a wood floor and it is covered in several inches of pine shavings. I clean the coop once a week removing all the dirty litter in one fell swoop- no scraping or hosing necessary. Works great for me [​IMG]
  9. goldies99

    goldies99 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    i have a wood floor...pine shavings...had my coop since may...
    and i just put in a poop board and i love it!
    easy clean up and keeps the smell down in the coop...and keeps it much
    cleaner!....if you can put them in your coop...i would!....
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2011
  10. smokinjay

    smokinjay In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2011
    Quote:Do you have any pic's of your set up?

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