My yearly winter reminder

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by xke4, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. xke4

    xke4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For those of you with snow, when it comes time to clean out the coop simply spread a tarp at the door draped over the sill and shovel. The tarp can then be used as a very lightweight toboggan to take the shavings wherever you choose. Wheelbarrows are useless here.
     
  2. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks, that is a good idea. I use a sled here, one of those cheap plastic toboggan like things. But my coop is bigger this year so that may not work as good as a tarp.

    dont you just hate it when you shovel the run and they all huddle inside anyway! (yes I know I am crazy)
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I'm not in snow country, but I use tarps all the time for hauling shavings, leaves, dirt, etc. They are great because they are flexible enough to go throught gates and brush where a wheelbarrow won't.
     
  4. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The big plastic wading pools are good, too, especially if you have one that is cracked and can't be used for wading. Just poke a couple of holes in one side and tie some hay string or something to pull it with. Holds a lot of leaves or shavings!
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:I DO have one of those, that's a great idea! Thanks!
     
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    We're supposed to clean out our coops?[​IMG]

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  7. Where The Wild Things Are

    Where The Wild Things Are Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I shovel out in the spring. That's a good idea for people that don't do deep litter, though.
     
  9. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking today, after we got 6 inches of new snow on the ground. My idea was to put a big tarp down right outside the coop/run door. Lay it down on the grass before a snow fall. After the snow has stopped, haul the snow away to another area of the yard. Then the hens have a small area to roam on. Ours have a pretty big run, but for those that might not, this may be an something to do. Mine don't like the walk around in the snow.
     

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