Hello, new member new owner. Wow a lot of poop

littledon

In the Brooder
7 Years
Nov 2, 2012
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I am a new owner. North east Mississippi, own 16 acres have 8 new chickens about 5 months old. A rhode island red rooster and hen, a americuna roster and 3 hens and 2 mixed hens.I have read some books and watched a lot of videos to prepare but most said they only clean the coops once every couple of weeks or a month. I built a chicken tractor with nesting boxes and the boxes are filled with poop every morning. Is it ok for them to sit in that much poop?
 

1muttsfan

Up Northerner
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Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

They shouldn't be in the nest boxes except when laying eggs. Do you have a roost for them to use? Is it higher than the nest boxes?
 

Lisa and girls

Songster
7 Years
Nov 2, 2012
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West Michigan
The daily routine of my girls : eat, poop, play repeat. Lol. I find its much easier to spot clean their coop in the morning when I go out to let them free range. This seems to keep it under control. Good luck and welcome fellow newbie!
 

littledon

In the Brooder
7 Years
Nov 2, 2012
47
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NorthEast Mississippi
The roost poles and the nest boxes are about at the same highth a foot and a half off the ground. I have been scooping the majority off the top every morning.
 

Lisa and girls

Songster
7 Years
Nov 2, 2012
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West Michigan
A little young to lay. So they'll poop anywhere they want. My girls have a corner they all want to lay in. About eye level to me. They poop everywhere else but there. Sacred spot or something.
 

littledon

In the Brooder
7 Years
Nov 2, 2012
47
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NorthEast Mississippi
Today is the first time I let them out to free range when I got home just before dark. When they went back in i looked inside and they were all in the nesting boxes. Four boxes with two in each and they aren't laying yet.
 

Lisa and girls

Songster
7 Years
Nov 2, 2012
534
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103
West Michigan
Aww. Mine used to do that. Their butts are too big now to share a box! I think I got my first egg when they were about 6-7 months. About the size of a robins egg. Bigger gradually.
 

ChickensRDinos

Songster
7 Years
Aug 19, 2012
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I would block off the nest until they are older and raise the roost a little if you can. You don't want them to get into the habit of sleeping there and chickens love routine so they are unlikely to stop unless something makes them.
 

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