Opinions on poop pit

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LocoPollo, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my new chicken coop in progress. I just put the roof rafters on today. I have a droppings pit planned for it and was wondering how people felt about those. Is it a good idea, or is something else better? I can still change it if i need to, but I thought having three 10 ft roosts over this pit would eliminate a lot of cleaning inside the coop. I can always clean out the pit once in a while.

    Coop so far:


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    And close up of the pit:


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    Lots of junk around I know! lol

    what are yall's thoughts?
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's a great concept, and be sure to incorporate predator barriers with it! Will you be using 1/2" screening aka hardware cloth? How are drafts controlled? You're going to have fun with this. [​IMG]
     
  3. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Looks like you have a great start, man it is so exciting when you start a new building, I love it.

    Good Luck.
    Omran.
     
  4. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be using wire mesh to keep critters out, but was hoping it could be big enough for poop to fall through. Like 1"? would that work? As for drafts, the birds will be over open ground, but will be about 5 1/2 up inside the coop. Will that be drafty for them? I am not sure about the draft issue. What should I be considering in that regard?
     
  5. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:I think it might be drafty but you can do something else, if you boxed the out sid with removable or open and close doors for clean up that might be real practice.
     
  6. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also I forgot to mention I will put wire mesh - half or quarter inch around the pit from the floor to the ground so no critters can get into the pit at all, much less into the coop.
     
  7. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think it might be drafty but you can do something else, if you boxed the out sid with removable or open and close doors for clean up that might be real practice.

    I am planning to put in a door into the pit in the wall just above it, so I can clean it out from time to time. Maybe I should just put pressure treated plywood around the pit from the floor to the ground instead of wire mesh to eliminate both draft and critters? ( or do both! )
     
  8. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:I think it might be drafty but you can do something else, if you boxed the out sid with removable or open and close doors for clean up that might be real practice.

    I am planning to put in a door into the pit in the wall just above it, so I can clean it out from time to time. Maybe I should just put pressure treated plywood around the pit from the floor to the ground instead of wire mesh to eliminate both draft and critters? ( or do both! )

    Actulley that's what I was trying to say,thank you.
    I think that will work perfect.
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Here is a couple of pictures of my coop with poop pit. My DH and I made the coop moveable, and so far it's been working.

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    Last edited: Nov 22, 2008
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I have two coops, one with a poop pit and one without. The coop with the poop pit definitely stays cleaner. They poop the most when they are on the roosts. My roosts in my coop that doesn't have the poop pit definitely has more poop under the roosts than in the rest of the coop.
     

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