Managing poop (particularly in winter)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gte510i, May 27, 2016.

  1. gte510i

    gte510i New Egg

    Apr 6, 2014
    Here is our current set-up:
    Coop: top level, with roosting bars, nesting boxes, feeders, and straw.
    Lower lever: dirt/sand, waterer, grit, oyster shells and a swing.

    Chickens have open access to a pasture with a mobile electric fence.

    In winter, they mainly stay in the building, maybe venturing a 7 foot radius out in snow.

    Two problems, as snow melts, we have nasty mud with a a whole winter's worth of poop that had frozen solid.

    2) the sand/dirt bottom has collected a lot of fallen straw/poop/dripped and frozen water

    When it thaws I have the joy of digging all of that up. It's a matted smelly mess. Sand can't go in the compost pile. It's also the grossest thing I have ever done.
    How do y'all handle winter coop management? My deep litter works fine I. The roosting area.
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Do deep litter in the run area too.....and anywhere they roam that is plain dirt/poop/wet. As the snow melts, keep adding deep litter type materials.
    Last edited: May 28, 2016

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