Poop board with or without lip?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rjackh, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. rjackh

    rjackh Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you guys prefer a poop board with a lip to hold sand, sweet pdz, etc. and filter clean it like a cat little box? Or do you prefer just a flat board that you can scrape clean with a putty knife?
     
  2. RichnSteph

    RichnSteph Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours is bordered by 1x4's and filled with Stable-Dri. In the months that we've had it I'm still using the Stable-Dri that I bought the first time. Cleaning is a breeze with a kitty litter scoop and a bucket for the droppings. I literally takes me less than five minutes once a week to clean up after our chickens. It's so easy I can't believe that everyone isn't using them. We throw the droppings into a compost bin along with all of our kitchen scraps to use for planting in the spring.

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  3. WNCcluck

    WNCcluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We don't use a poop board at all. The floor of our coop is covered in vinyl upon which we've loaded a mixture of sand and PDZ. Clean up is a breeze with a telescoping rake and a kitty litter scoop. We do have 2x2's at the pop door and coop door to keep the mixture from being kicked out.
     
  4. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess it all depends on how many chickens you have. If i tried to use a kitty litter scoop it would have to be done daily and would take me a while. I prefer the poop board without a lip on the front and I scoop it right off.
     
  5. rjackh

    rjackh Out Of The Brooder

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    Is the sweet pdz/sand mixture really that good? What's the litter look like under the roost? I was hoping to clean the coop maybe 1 or 2 times a week. I figured a poop board was a sure way to do this.
     
  6. Cluckies

    Cluckies Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some removable poop boards without a lip. I find it's pretty easy to scrape the poop into a bucket each morning.

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  8. WNCcluck

    WNCcluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's better than that good! The PDZ is a dessicant, so it tends to clump the poop into little poop pellets. It also keeps the sand from clumping. We have eight girls in our 8x6 coop and can clean the coop in a snap.
     
  9. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a fancy little design. I like it.
     
  10. Brookliner

    Brookliner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use poop trays built in under all my roosts. The best thing about using the PDZ as a scoopable litter is that it is a natural mineral Zoelyte that absorbes ammonia...which is the ingredient that creates the smell in chicken coops. Below you can see my roosts and poop trays. The roosts are aprox. 5" above the poop tray. I scoop the poop into a bucket daily it takes 5 minutes for my 8'x8 coop. My coop has no ammonia smell. :D. :ya

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    Last edited: Dec 28, 2014

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