Good way to keep coop clean?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by birdlover, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Hi! I just wanted to share what I just started doing and it is working really well. You know how it is when you just finish cleaning the coop and you put in fresh new, sweet smelling bedding and how it doesn't take long for it to get poopie again? Well, if you have a small number of chickens, this works really well! I only have 8 chickens and, after the chickens have gone to roost, (I only have one long roost), I put newspaper under the roost. In the morning, all I have to do is roll it up and voila! However, there are a few poops that get in the bedding from them walking around before I let them out. Sooo, I have a box of latex gloves and I just pick it up with my glove-covered hands and the bedding's almost as good as new! I was using a scoop but discovered using latex gloves is much faster AND easier! So, that's my new method! Anybody else want to share theirs? [​IMG]

    John 11:25,26
  2. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Songster

    Oct 30, 2007
    Simpsonville, SC
    Another tip:

    Large sheets of cardboard work well too. You can stick them in there in one piece, pull them out in one piece and then trash them or burn them. [​IMG]
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I do the newspaper over a tarp. I just compost the used newspaper and wash off the tarp.
  4. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    The cardboard idea sounds good except that I don't have an unlimited supply! Would you change it everyday? Two of my neighbors keep me supplied with newspaper so that works better for me!

    Spotted, are you still keeping your chickens inside at night?
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I use a droppings board. Here is my current "mini setup":

    Your newspaper idea is a clever one, though -- the paper plus the poo should compost well (C+N), and I should think the paper would be well decomposed by the time the compost pile is ready.

  6. Ericasl

    Ericasl Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    The Dalles OR
    You are all so smart!! That thought never crossed my mind!!! What a good idea. I am headed to the coop with newspaper!![​IMG]
  7. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    I do the newspaper thing but keep forgetting to remove it and then they tear it up making abigger mess. [​IMG]

    patandchickens I like your setup, I think I will steal your idea and tweak it a little. I would like a back splash so the poo is more contained. But very nice, your baby seems to like it it looks nice and clean. [​IMG]
  8. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    I use dropping boards. They are old pallets that are right under the roost. Once a year, I pull out the pallets and scrape them off. The rest gets taken straight to the garden. If there is a problem with smell, I use stall dry. In a small coop that has baby chicks, I just stir the litter twice a day. So far no problems and easy to maintain.

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