Ideas for keeping roosts clean???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Thomas423, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Thomas423

    Thomas423 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Port Deposit, MD
    What methods have worked for keeping roosts clean and/or easy clean-up? Paint? Shelf Board/Paper? Dropping boards? Composite deck boards?

    We're going to have about 14 foot of roosts all under windows so there will be no fighting for window seats. Considering using 2x4's but open to all ideas.

    Pics would be great also.

    Thanks so much. [​IMG]
  2. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    Using 2x4's is good,especially in cold areas so that they can sit down and cover their feet with their feathers when it's cold.
    I have my roosts on a hinge and removable so I can take them out once in a while and pressure wash them off. Will
  3. countrygirlatheart

    countrygirlatheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    Huffman Texas
    we just use a paint scraper to clean ours off. seems like no matter what or where, they poop all over it [​IMG].
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Wait, are you asking about the roosts themselves, or the area underneath? (droppings boards and vinyl flooring and suchlike only apply to the area underneath the roosts).

    Not much poo gets on my roosts. A couple times a year I get slightly ambitious and scrape it off with my droppings-board scraper. It's not like you're going to be *eating* off the roost [​IMG]

    You don't want to make the roost itself out of anything slippery, chickens need traction.

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I gave my roost a good coating with waterproofing stain (the same stuff I used on the exterior siding). Poo just scrapes right off with a putty knife. My roost is in brackets, so can be easily lifted and carried outside the coop in case I ever wanted to spray it down with the hose. Hasn't been necessary.
  6. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Gonna get slapped across the hand for this...

    4 years, never did anything but flip them up for coop cleaning.
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Round roosts...poop falls off! [​IMG]
  8. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    My roosts are painted and they lift out of brackets. The brackets are also removable. I hose them off when I feel like it, but they don't get really dirty often. I keep newspaper under the roosts. There is also vinyl covering the surface the newspaper sits on. I pull out the paper and shread it into the compost every morning.

    There are pics on my BYC page.
  9. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    I have dropping boards under my roosts, best thing I ever did. I scrape them every morning, I have 4 big roosts and it takes about 4 minutes total. I also love the dropping boards because I put up a removable wire to block thr area off underneath them and that is where the baby chicks go from about 4 week old until ready to join the flock. If poo gets on the roost I just use the putty knife and scrape it off.
  10. austinchicken

    austinchicken Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    The best design feature of my coop has turned out to be the droppings board under the roost. I used some sort of coated fiber board--can't remember what it's called. It is GREAT. They pretty much only roost in the coop, so very little poop gets on the floor; I'd say all of what they poop out when roosting winds up on the board, which really decreases the amount of time I have to spend cleaning the coop. I scrape the boards off every couple of days with a paint scraper and dustpan and then throw it in the compost pile. It's time I hose it off and disinfect it, I suppose, as invariably some will get a bit stuck. I'm planning to do that once a month or so.

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