Poop catching trays

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by melalthia, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. melalthia

    melalthia Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 9, 2008
    Boulder Creek, CA.
    Hi y'all.
    More questions if you dont mind. [​IMG]

    Poop catching trays under the perches.

    If you were redesigning your coop, would you include them? If you have them, do you like them? Do you find them a hassle? I'd be interested in all opinions regarding them. What do people generally make them out of?

    All opinions and advice welcome!
  2. freemotion

    freemotion Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Western MA
    Saw a picture once of a cool poop-whatever, not really a catcher per say. They put a box-like structure under the roosts with wire on top, maybe hardware cloth? And a door in the back wall so they could remove the poo without going into the coop. Nice.

    I personally love the deep-litter method, if the coop is big enough for the number of birds and you spread whole grains on it, they will turn it nicely. Not the least bit stinky. Of course, I have an insatiable need for good compost, so I also love a method that gives me more, more, more!
  3. aiwetir

    aiwetir Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2008
    portland, or
    droppings board is what most call them i believe
  4. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    I have them and I love them. It's SO easy to clean them out and keeps the coop litter cleaner for a longer period of time. I use pine shavings and a liberal amount of DE. I start out with a thin layer of shavings and DE, and add more shavings/DE as needed, then toss the whole thing when I'm doing a cleaning.

    This is a pic of my nest boxes, but you can see the poop trays above the nests. I have 3 boxes that run the full length of the roost.

  5. VT Chick-lit

    VT Chick-lit Out Of The Brooder

    I have 4 hens and use 2 boot trays under my roosts. I clean them daily by taking a small handled garden hand hoe and a dust pan. I scrape the droppings into the dust pan and then dump them into my now empty garden. It takes me less than 2 minutes a day to keep the coop clean. About 95% of the dropings land up in the tray and so the litter on the floor stays quite clean.

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