How to build a pro-clean coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Zahboo, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I am building my coop this summer! I have the floor finished today. It is covered with vinyl, and on a sturdy frame. The coop is square, so of course 4 corners. I am wanting a coop that is easy to clean. I am willing to do extra work now, so I can save time every month when I clean the coop.

    Vinyl floor saves time, I learned that already.

    Large doors where you can just pull out the bedding.

    Hanging feeder and water (hanging water splashing too much?)

    Any other tips? I was wanting to make rounded corners so crud doesn't get stuck there, but I don't have resources for that. I was going to paint it inside too.
  2. peeplessinNC

    peeplessinNC Songster

    Oct 23, 2008
    NC Piedmont
    Some folks put in roosts that are held in place with large hooks and eyes, slanted to the floor like a ladder, which can be lifted up and even removed when cleaning the coop. Others make the roost all one even height so there is not fighting to take the "top" spot.

    If the roosts are positioned near a window, the chickens have a view and receive more sunlight, which is good for egg production.
  3. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    My coop is small. The ladder routine won't work since at it's peak it's 4' The roost is 2' high. I was considering doing a roost that can be lifted out and switched with another roost until the first one can be scrubbed.

    VERY good advice though [​IMG]
  4. ray2310

    ray2310 Songster

    Apr 4, 2009
    Smithfield, PA
    Quote:Good idea. I had to extend my top roost because we felt bad for the 2 chickens that could not fit.
  5. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Rounded corners really arent that hard...just plywood with strips cut on the backside of it deep enough to let it bend:>) [​IMG] (not that I've ever done it before haha!) But I am considering a vinyl floor soon!
  6. ecopepper

    ecopepper In the Brooder

    May 11, 2009
    Orlando Florida
    Quote:We put cocking in the corners then let it harden. How much head room do they need for a roost? Rhode Island Reds?
  7. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I like for my roosts AT LEAST 20". This way if they get spooked or when they are jumping up they don't get hurt. Cauking the corners might actually work!
  8. sillybirds

    sillybirds Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    I don't think I would worry to much about rounding the corners. Not too much seems to accumulate in the corners. Rather, I find that my birds manage to somehow get poop all over the walls! Therefore, like you said, give the walls a good painting with exterior grade semi-gloss or gloss paint. That will help with clean up.
  9. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

    May 19, 2009
    Quote:You may want to consider using the deep litter method (it CAN be used with vinyl flooring) - do a search here on BYC.

    As far as the waterer, do a search for PVC feeders and waterers. You can hang them in the corner where they'll take up NO floor space and they're easy and inexpensive to make yourself!

    Have fun! [​IMG]
  10. James Hudson

    James Hudson In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:That's a really good idea I will do. thanks.

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