Need feedback on my coop design!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nerfworthy, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. nerfworthy

    nerfworthy Songster

    Mar 29, 2018
    South Western Idaho
    Hello! I'm still brainstorming as to how to deal with bedding/litter so I'd like some feedback on my current ideas.

    To give an idea of my setup, the run is about 700sqft attached to the hen house which is fairly small in comparison (it's a converted tool shed actually). The run is over grass, and the hen house has a wooden floor that isn't elevated much off the ground.

    What I WANT to do is use pine shavings as bedding in the hen house, and compost in the center of the run itself. The plan is to use a "deep bedding" method in the hen house, then move the poop/shavings over to my compost pile in the run once it's so high. I'm concerned about the wood floor and considering putting down linoleum. I'm still unsure. I also don't really want to use a poop deck as that just seems like an additional thing to clean. I'd rather all the poop go down in the pine so I can collect it for compost.

    Is this plan feasible?
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    If I am picturing it correctly. .. yes.. it will work that way.

    Much of how we set up our coops, and how we clean our coops is VERY much simply personal preference.

    I greatly prefer poop shelves because it keeps the coop way cleaner and the coop smells better too.

    I also like a big lip or sill at the door so that I can keep a deep litter of wood chips in the coop.
  3. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

    Aug 30, 2017
    Poplar Bluff, MO
    My Coop
    Collecting poop from a poop board with some Sweet PDZ takes only a moment or three for 9 RIR pullets. Much easier than picking up poop from the pine chips in the run...

  4. Wilmer Gehman

    Wilmer Gehman Songster

    Jun 7, 2017
    Your plan is much like our coop. When it gets muddy in the spring, we take the old wood shavings out of our coop,(with linoleum floor) and put them right outside so they dont track in as much mud.
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