Poop under my coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RachelVT, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. RachelVT

    RachelVT Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I've had my coop now for about one year... its 2 1/2 feet off the ground and my chickens love to walk around underneath....i love it too since it gives them more room.

    Here's my problem...it's too low down for me to get under it to clean under it. I've used a rake to get some out but it seems to miss a lot of poop. Any suggestions on how to get the poop out from underneath. I can only get at it from one side since the rest are meshed in.

    It was not a problem at first but now i think its been a whole year and the poops have pilled up. [​IMG]
  2. Bipolar_Hippo

    Bipolar_Hippo Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 8, 2011
    I would use a pitchfork with hardware cloth wrapped around it and wire tied.
  3. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2007
    St Augustine, FL
    Farm girl to the rescue! stores like tractor supply have a push scraper or a livestock scraper that has a long handle. It is made to be used in hog confinement buildings.

    The good ones have a curve to the shovel and you can flip it upside down to drag stuff out.

  4. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    I would porbably try to remove the mesh from the other sides to use the rake from all 4 sides.
  5. Eznet2u

    Eznet2u Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    Okay...first you're going to need a small child. If you don't have one, find someone that doesn't mind "Loaning" theirs to you...
    Grandkids would work wonderfully for this. Give him a little sand shovel and tell him to hunt "Treasures" from under the coop.
    Tell him/her you will give him/her $1.00 for a bucket full of treasures.
    You get a clean coop, they get a dollar. Win/win.
  6. cboriskin

    cboriskin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2011
    I have sand in my run, so I attached a cat litter scoop on the end of a pvc pipe with duct tape. Works great!
  7. Chickadee55

    Chickadee55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2010
    Central Florida
    I don't know what your dimensions are but if it's not too big maybe you could put something that works like a tray so you can pull it out to clean. I have one under the roost in the coop. I can open an outside door and clean under the roost without disturbing anyone.
  8. Keltara

    Keltara Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have the same situation. My chickens love to go under our coop as well. We designed it this way so that we could optimize a little more run space for the girls, and also (more importantly) make cleaning the coop, a stoop free endeavor. Here's my coop:


    And here's my solution! It's easy peasy to keep the poop out! Click here to learn more about how I made it!

    Our Country Chronicles

    Last edited: Feb 15, 2012
  9. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana

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