How often do you clean your poop boards?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by patman75, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just wondering, I have noticed differences from post to post.

    Please answer the followingÂ…

    How many Birds?
    Adult, adolescent, chicks?
    Small or Medium or large breed?
    What is the total length of your roost?
    What is the size of the coop?
    How often do you clean it?

    Thanks!! [​IMG]
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    sussex pen at the moment:
    11 good-sized LF adult birds
    about 12' roost length total, over two separate roosts
    cleaned every morning, takes much less than a minute
    pen is 7x20
    I add floor bedding every few months as needed, replace the dirtier/dustier parts of the floor bedding
    about once a year, that's about all the cleaning I need to do thanks to the droppings boards.

    'hen pen' at the moment:
    7 LF adult birds
    6' roost with no droppings board under it b/c I really need to rebuild it so I *can* put a droppings board in
    pen is 6x15'
    I shovel out piled poo under roost maybe 1-2x/months, as needed, should probably do it more often
    would much rather have a droppings board, really need to rebuild roost to have one [​IMG]


    Pat
     
  3. comp6512

    comp6512 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 19 11-week old BO's. Total length of the roosts is about 20 feet, they do have poop boards under. I sprinkle wood shavings on the poop board every day and completely clean the poop board every other day. Smell is manageable. They spend most of the day free roaming outside.
     
  4. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    How many Birds? 3
    Adult, adolescent, chicks? Adult Hens
    Small or Medium or large breed? 1 medium and 2 Large, see my signature
    What is the total length of your roost? just under 4 ft
    What is the size of the coop?4 W x 4 L with 3 levels in the coop, plus an outdoor run
    How often do you clean it? almost daily under the roosts

    I keep newspaper under my roost instead of a scraping board. I pull it out to clean and shred it into the compost.
     
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    How many Birds?12
    Adult, adolescent, chicks?adult hens
    Small or Medium or large breed? medium layers
    What is the total length of your roost? 12' x 18" platform
    What is the size of the coop? 130 sq ft
    How often do you clean it? I clean the dropping board every morning, sprinkle with a little food-drade DE and spot clean at night.
    I should add that I'm retired and that if I had been working full-time things might be different. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2009
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have five bantams in a 4 by 4 coop that they stay in only at night. I'm using a droppings pan under the roost that I scrape out and wash every morning. I have sand in the rest of the coop and scoop up the stray poo that gets in the sand every morning. Takes only a minute, and keeps things fresh.
     
  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    How many Birds? 8
    Adult, adolescent, chicks? Adults
    Small or Medium or large breed? Large breed
    What is the total length of your roost? two 4' lengths
    What is the size of the coop? 4' x 8'
    How often do you clean it? About once each 3 days (mine aren't exactly boards; I have poop bins - they are the black, plastic bins that are used to mix concrete in and I have 2 of them)
     
  8. lighthawk

    lighthawk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Interesting Idea
    Mabye I could tape together all my old tax returns and use those. [​IMG]
     
  9. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I clean mine everyday to keep the smell down.I have sweet pdz in the poop board and use a kitty litter scope to scope it out works great.like a giant litter box for chickens,I have 30 chicken in my coop and two roosts about 4 ft long.
     
  10. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    How many Birds? 12
    Adult, adolescent, chicks? Adult
    Small or Medium or large breed? Large
    What is the total length of your roost? 4 @ 8' = 32' total
    What is the size of the coop? 12' x 8'
    How often do you clean it? Daily

    Takes about 1-2 minutes.
     

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