FYI, the windows are reinforced with wire cloth so critters can't barge in.
They are 36 x 18, roughly the size if a large dog kennel. Yes there is the 3rd tray in the left space. I just left it out for the picture. First night was last night and they worked great however I had to wait until they had jumped onto their roots before sliding them into place. Does it look like overkill to you?Man, those tray look huge...what are the dimensions?
Is there a third tray that fits on the left?
Cause that's where they'll roost.
Let us know how it works out.
I'd leave them in place, they'll figure out how to get up to roosts, maybe that's your plan?First night was last night and they worked great however I had to wait until they had jumped onto their roots before sliding them into place. Does it look like overkill to you?
I will scrape the poop into a composting bin every day. I use a spatula made for drywall paste. I have 9 chickens and this includes my one-eyed rooster, Stanley. The first night they were all quite confused but eventually sorted themselves out. The trays are lightweight and made of some kind of firm plastic. I have severe spine issues and I can handle these easily. It is not a problem for me to slide them into place each night as I am retired and close them up every evening at dusk. During the day, they rarely go into the coop except to the nesting boxes to lay eggs. They have a large secure run and a large fenced chicken yard with dirt baths, many roosting places, hiding places to get out of the weather and lots of bugs on the woodland ground. They are very spoiled but we have fantastic omelets every day. I am going to pickle some of the eggs tomorrow. (Have never done this before).I'd leave them in place, they'll figure out how to get up to roosts, maybe that's your plan?
Do you plan on cleaning them everyday?
They are large and may be unwieldy to handle.
Not sure if it's over kill or not....if it works for you, it works....time will tell.
How many birds do you have?