Gathering Poop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joyously2, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. joyously2

    joyously2 New Egg

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    I have five chickens in a 25 x 25 foot pen. What is the best (easiest) way to gather the poop in the pen? It is grassy for the most part. Thanks!!!!
     
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Well you figure it out you let me know... LOL .. Just to warn you it wont be grassy for long they will decimate all greenage in the run with in weeks...

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  3. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Grass will be a faded memory in a very short time. We put sand in our run when the girls deforested it and I use a kitty litter pooper scooper to clean it out- works great!
     
  4. Andi

    Andi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ahhh, yes. I recall the days (and there were only a few) of grass in the run.

    I used a garden rake. Its good for break up the poo clods smashed down and stuck to the grass. It will take some exercise, so get ready for a work out.

    Once the grass was gone I changed how I clean the run. I still go in occasionally with a rake, except now I use the leaf rake. Most of the time I go in with a shovel and rotate the soil so the poo ends up on the bottom and worms and bugs end up on top for the girls to have fun hunting. I only do a small portion at a time. The girls love it when I shovel! It also helps keep the soil loose to make dust bathing easier.

    Seeing you're still at the grass stage, you're likely at the point of flies setting in. If you haven't heard about it yet, use DE (diatomatous earth), and use it liberally (learned that the hard way). You'll be amazed at how the flies disappear. When the chicks dust themselves it will help keep parasites in check on them also. I usually don't need to reapply the DE for about a month. The flies are my cue. It will also help dry up mud quicker. Another added bonus to DE is it will keep odor under control also.

    Have fun and best of luck!
     

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