1. cass1776

    cass1776 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 28, 2010
    This may be a dumb question but I'm new at this.how long and wide should they be?should they be covered in shavings?ive also heard of using some sort of plastic tray,which would be better?
  2. suburbanhomesteader

    suburbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

    there have been whole threads on this; if no one answers your question, you might try doing a search in this section of the forum, but use this to search:

    "droppings board*"
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2010
  3. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    I think it depends on your set-up - how much room in the coop above or below.

    I have a large coop - 12' x 12'. I started out doing the deep litter method then switched to a poop board and didn't like it.

    A month ago I redesigned and did away with the poop board and back to deep litter. I layer shavings, wood pellets, and stall dry.

    LOVE it so much better. Coop stays dryer, stink and fly free.
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    It does depend on your approach. Me, I like to do a few minutes of cleaning every day, rather than a hour or more of major cleaning once or twice a year (that's why I don't do the deep litter method).

    I like to clean out the droppings trays every morning. I use plastic boot trays because they're light and easy to lift up. I simply take them out, dump the contents into the composter, hose them down, and replace. All but the cecal poops slide right off the plastic (and the cecal poops hose off). Adding shavings to the tray simply wouldn't be necessary for my method, and would be a hassle to replace every morning anyway. However, if you weren't going to dump the trays daily, shavings (or sand) would help to keep the smell down by drying out the droppings.

    As far as length and width, what you're aiming for is something the length of your roost, and wide enough to catch poo whichever way the chicken happens to be roosting (bum toward the front and bum toward the rear). The trays I have are around 20" wide (I think) which catches all the droppings from my bantams.

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