Litter boxes under roosts

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tracyree, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone try using litter boxes full of sand under the roosts instead of poop boards? I did poop boards in the old coop and didn't like the scraping off poop thing. Thinking of using an under the bed rubbermaid box on a shelf ender the roost, fill it with sand and scoop it ever several days.
     
  2. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Some folks are using boot trays too. I think it's a great idea. I hope to get around to it myself one of these days!
     
  3. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    That sounds like a good idea. Try it and let us know if it works. I would but my hens roost on a wall between stalls. It was originally a horse barn. I wouldn't know how to attach it.
     
  4. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    I got two of the big plastic trays that are made to go under washing machines. I got them in the appliance department at Home Depot, and the two of them together fit my coop perfectly. I fill them with pine shavings, and clean-up is super quick and easy. You could use sand in them, too. I just prefer pine shavings.
     
  5. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    That's what I plan to do - I just built the trays out of extra wood, caulked, will paint and then fill with sand soon as coop is finished. We're early into it though - our chicks are just 1 week old and busily pooping on their tiny roost in the brooder [​IMG]
     
  6. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    Just make sure they can't nest in the poop boxes.
     
  7. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] These are my poop boards,I use sweet pdz in them but I`m going to check into the price of sand as the price of the pdz is going up all the time.I scoop everyday with a large cat scoop for the litter box.
     
  8. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks henny penny, tahrs exactly what I want to do! Looks like it works great for you.
     
  9. Sophie442

    Sophie442 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do the chickens try to use the PDZ or sand for dusting?
     

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