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Poop board experts!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by theoldchick, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Sinfonian

    Sinfonian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're planning on using the lid of an 18 gallon Rubermaid container, though if I find a plastic try that fits better under the roosts, I'll go with that. Removal for depositing into the compost bin and a good hosing is a plus.
     
  2. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So an "L" shape, right? I would go ahead and put the droppings boards for both roosts at the same level. I have my roosts like this is both of my coops but I have both roosts at the same level to avoid squabbling in my flock over who gets the higher roost spots.

    No its in a plus shape like this
    we don't have much space in there so its tricky
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2011
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Thanks for all this info! The photos are great!
     
  4. bills

    bills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For dropping boards under the L shaped roosts, simply use some large metal angle brackets (L) under, (or above I suppose) the dropping board along the wall, and use some small legs under the front edge for supporting it. Attach the shorter board of the L, to the edge of the longer board using flat metal braces that you can get at any hardware store. They are pre-drilled for screws. Just make sure your screws don't protrude through the boards, or your hens may injure themselves. If you add a lip as I have done, that should prevent that happening, or perhaps place an additional small block of wood where the screws would penetrate the boards.

    The roost height won't make a difference, you can keep the dropping boards all at one level under the L. The poop just has to drop further from the higher roost..lol [​IMG]
     
  5. Newbie in Screamer Al

    Newbie in Screamer Al Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put my poop boards above my nest boxes under the roosts, and it is working well so far. I put 18" stick on vinyl tiles on scrap 1/4" plywood to make em. easy clean up too.[​IMG]
     
  6. kateseidel

    kateseidel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Newbie, I love the way you have run the roosts all along the edge of your coop. I think I am going to do that this weekend.
     
  7. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    My poop board [​IMG]
     
  8. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    And the helpers,I also use sweet pdz in mine and scoop it out everyday with a kitty litter scooper [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2011
  9. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    Henny Penny, I love your coop and poop boards!
     
  10. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    I LOVE my poop board! I have one long roost (2x4 -wide side for the girls to sit on) and 6" below the bottom of the roost, is a 20" wide pc of plywood the entire length of the roost. I place pine shavings on it.. Every morning, I use a cat litter scoop to get up the poop, rake the good shavings around! My coop smells good, the eggs are really clean and the girls feet are clean.. It was one of the best things I did for my coop...

    You don't have to over think it--just something to catch the poop..
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2011

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