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Poop board

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Primo, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Primo

    Primo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thought I would share this as it has just made my life that much easier[​IMG] . My original board consisted of 13" wide piece of plywood framed around with 2X2 so I could fill with litter. This did not work so well as it was a pain to clean. I read on here about using sand but didn't see myself scooping and sifting sand everyday. I bought a sheet of 4 foot by 32" white gloss hardboard panel at lowes. It is brown on one side and glossy smooth white on the other (think it is used for bathroom paneling) I ripped it in half on my table saw and ended up with two pieces 48" x 16". I laid these on top of the old poop board. The surface is so slick the poop does not stick to it. I scrap it off with a 5" wide plastic putty knife (so as not to scratch the finish) and into a bucket. I can scrape both boards clean in less than a minute. The sheet was only $11. Sorry no pic, I will try and get one in a day or two.
     
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    Primo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Here is a bit of information you may find helpful

    I have used all types of litter for coops.

    I have not tried sand (sand gets good reviews on this site).

    Of all the things I tried to date wood pellets have been the best. (I tried wood pellets as a last resort when pine shavings were not available.) They are super absorbent and swell up and eventually turn to saw dust. The droppings just seem to vanish and turn to dust when it comes in contact with wood pellets .

    Replace my litter and clean my coop every October after I harvest my garden.


    Works for me in my deep litter method.

    I do add to pellets from time to time.

    I have 63 trips around the sun so it is not my first rodeo.

    I have anywhere from 10 to 15 birds housed in my 4x8 coop.

    Through the winter months the bedding froze harder than concrete with -40º temperatures. The poop froze before it could be absorbed by the pellets and there was like a crusty layer of poop in certain areas where they collectively took aim (no smell, messy feet or flies @ -40º). Come April things started to look after themselves.

    Oh I might add I do have poop boards 3½" below my roost that I clean every 2 to 3 days (excellent for catching eggs laid through the night). My roost are 2x4 wide side up and are housed in cups which allows me to set them aside for easy cleaning of the poop board (I have a piece of vinyl flooring over my pop board that is just friction fit pops out easily when soiled and pops back in after cleaning.

    Easy Peasy!

    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new.
    I have three levels in my coop and a bit of storage over my nest boxes (milk crates with a board in front zip tied into place) Also more milk crates on top for storage. My favourite addition is my poop board!

    Easy peasy!.

    Chicken coop is salvaged 4x8 metal shed.



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    I house a variety of birds in hear ¼ inch plywood veneer between birds and the elements no heat no light no insulation no problems!
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2013

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