- Apr 23, 2014
We have a small backyard coop with 5 chicks. I am using sand as I read about on BYC. This is a family project that my 6 year old is heading up and I am realizing how hard it is to keep the sand clean. We are coop training the 5 week olds, since I do not enjoy chasing them around the yard- though my husband and neighbor find it funny. So now the poop is piling up even more and I find myself in a cloud of poopy sand and dust while leaning deep in the coop. I know it comes with the territory but I thought I might ask since other ideas (especially chicken nipples) were so helpful. Attached a pic of the interior of coop, now I have a 7 lb feeder and water bucket hanging above upper deck, a ramp leads to super poopy lower deck where you can see the 3 nest boxes. Should I switch to wood shavings and blow it all out with the blower? Keep sand? Allow my daughter to clean it despite breathing the poopy dust?