Im not finding sand under the roost as easy as I've heard!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nuttyredhead, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    I thought it was going to be easier! They way people talked about the poop drying nicely and being so eay to scoop...what am i not getting? Ill admit i dont scoop it every day, but twice a week. So why is it like shoveling sand instead of sifting poop????
  2. flowerchicks

    flowerchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2009
    n. california
    We use a rake to get all the poop in one pile, then scoop it with a litter box scoop, and we only do it once a week. Works great for us. When the sand gets low, we just add more.
  3. MyShunshyn

    MyShunshyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2011
    Sperrassoville, OK
    We have sand in our coop and I LOVE it. I clean it every morning. I used to use a litter scoop but my hubby made a larger "sifter" for me using a stall rake and some hardware cloth, it is AWESOME. Entire coop clean in 5 minutes. I dont have a photo of the sifter but if you need to see it I will try to get one posted. I also add some DE every week or so, it helps to dry out the poop and keep everyone bug free.
    I have Fibromyalgia so I need to make things as easy as possible and this is working great for me and my girls.
    Don't give up on the sand, i think it is a much better solution than shoveling a bunch of nasty shavings.
  4. 2hot2chicken

    2hot2chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2011
    That is weird that it is clumping like that for you. It sounds like there might be a lot of moisture in that area?
    I put sand in my run this summer and then within a couple weeks I had to change my coop to. I use kitty scoop to spot scoop any bad areas every day or so and once a week or so (2 if im really lazy) I use a leaf rake and kitty scoop and give it a real clean! I had some problems at 1st with a lot of large packed clumps because when we put the sand in the coop it got damp from rain and we put it on top of plastic. There was nowhere for the excess moisture to go but to clump on the bottom. It took me a few weeks and a heat lamp to get it completly dry all the way through. I just had to keep at it and keep sifting with kitty scoop all the way to the bottom layer every day for a while.

    Yours should get better to, just be patient and give it a little more time.
    Also, what type of sand are you using? I got mason sand because its really fine and they love dusting in it, but that could affect its clumping ability to.....
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    You're welcome to come over to the dropping board side any time...LOL. [​IMG] Quick and easy - and no shoveling of sand...hehee.
  6. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    No one will ever convince me to use dropping boards, sand, or anything else. I have the sub-ground level dirt floor with a deep litter composting pit----I only clean it out once a year for fertilizer for the garden. It never smells anything other then a "earthy" compost/dirt smell, never that nasty ammonia stench. (See my BYC page for pics of my setup)
  7. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

    May 3, 2011
    Magic Birdie land
    I have no idea what you're talking about.

    Am I missing something? [​IMG]
  8. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    The sand in my run will clump, especially after it rains.

    In the hen house, its nice n dry so the poop scooping is pretty easy. I've recently started laying some newspaper under the roost to simplify things even more.
  9. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    Quote:Ok so this is my roost would i do a dropping board in there?

    (before the chickens were added!)
  10. Hens & Hounds

    Hens & Hounds Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2011
    what are you using to scoop/sift the poopy sand with?

    I don't have sand on my droppings board (I use pine bedding & put a plastic bag over my hand & pick it every morn like picking up dog poo) LOL I do have sandboxes for dustbaths both in the coop & run & I find the Zoo Med Repti Sand Scooper works GREAT! I purchased mine at Petco in person.

    Here it is online if you would like to see what it looks like:

    great for a small sand area, of course not for a big sand run. If your poop/droppings board is at waist level it actually is very easy & comfortable to do & depending on amount of chickens you have & waste produced over night takes just a few minutes to clean every morning [​IMG]


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