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Easy to Clean Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 4hLuvers, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. 4hLuvers

    4hLuvers In the Brooder

    Aug 17, 2008
    Bay Area CA
    Hi everyone!
    So far we have built a secure 8' by 10' run with a plastic corrugated roof and are planning to build a 3 1/2' by 3 1/2' coop inside. We are thinking of making it easy to clean by having the walls removable. In addition, we may end up moving the coop outside the run and enlarging it at some point, so we are reluctant to build a permanent coop inside the run. Our question is : is it common to build a coop that disassembles for cleaning as well as for moving later on?
    Keep in mind that the door to the run is only 3 feet wide, so if we build something permanent inside of the run, it would be stuck there.

  2. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    We build our coop so it could be easy cleaned too.
    We can open the front and the back of the coop and we could remove it from the spot were it is now too.
    We did this because I' dont want the coop on one place I like to move the chickens every now and then.
    I'm happy we did this the chickens make a big mess [​IMG] and this way I just get the hose and we can clean their mess up very easy.
    Good luck [​IMG]
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Sounds like a good idea. My coop disassembles for ease of cleaning. I take it completely apart about twice a year, scrub it down and dry in the sun. Here in western Washington we only get about 2 days of sun each year, so now those days are booked. [​IMG] Check out spookyevilones post earlier today in the coop forum. He had an interesting idea from his grandparents coop. The bottom was open and he would be able to hose it into a composting pit daily.
  4. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Songster

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
    On the little ones you can make a door the entire side of one end. This way you can just pull out all of the bedding onto a tarp and off to the compost. If you need to hose out you can tilt up the far end and it'll all pour out! I wash once per year otherwise just put new bedding and scrape poo.
  5. babalubird

    babalubird Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    I knew someone that made a pigeon coop completely moveable and it was a pretty big one too--I'd guess 8 x 10 or 12. The walls were all hinged together so they could come apart and be moved from time to time.

  6. The front of ours is hinged and it swings open, the fasteners are just simple slide bolts that go into holes drilled into the frame:


    I clean it out once a week and it's very easy. It's a Dennis Playhouse Coop .

    Another BYC member - I can't recall who - made this same design but she made it so the outside window wall swings open; I thought that was a great idea because she doesn't need to go into the run to clean out the coop.

    Last edited: Dec 9, 2008
  7. aiwetir

    aiwetir Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    portland, or
    if you are on a high speed connection, chick out my byc page, the link is over there
    i put doors on opposite sides which are also the walls. the floor boards come up too. i wasn't sure how i was going to clean it so i just made it so i could do anything. it worked out that i usually just push the bedding with a broom from inside the run (so i'm not in the rain) out the back into the wheelbarrow, actually easier to clean than i thought.

    the nest box assembly also completely disassembles too. pull the short front wall, slide out the vertical walls and then the bottom comes out.

    i suppose i should add all that info to my byc page
  8. sunbury chick

    sunbury chick Songster

    May 14, 2008
    Personally, I make my chickens clean their own coop.If they don't,no allowance![​IMG]
  9. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:Aiwetir has a very beautiful chicken house.[​IMG]
  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Last year, one of the members posted pictures of their coop, that could be taken apart. The walls were framed separately and bolted together. It's a nice idea for anyone that might be moving and want to take their coop along, too.

    Edited to add:
    It was this thread, but all the pictures and descriptions were removed by the op. So, no help there. At least you know not to spend time searching for it. It's too bad, because it was a great little coop.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2008

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