Post pictures of your droppings pit and clean out hatch/door!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DENALI, Mar 9, 2008.


    DENALI Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Looking for ideas! Thanks
  2. cjdeere

    cjdeere In the Brooder

    Feb 29, 2008
    Hannibal, Missouri
    Me too, I'm building now....well, tomorrow [​IMG]
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Here is my droppings pit in my original coop. It's since been dismantled, but it worked very well while we had it that way. We started with hardware cloth on the lid, but changed it to that plastic garden fencing because the poop didn't fall through and the wire was hard on their feet. The last pic shows the clean out door-just park a wheelbarrow up to that and rake it out. The ladders removed for opening the lid, if needed-one lifted up on hinges and one just could be lifted off and put aside.
  4. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Cyn..that is way to nice!! Must have been horrible to watch it get dirty the first time! Like right after you change the cat litter box and the cat say "wow, now would be a good time to SH....."
  5. Luke74

    Luke74 In the Brooder

    Jan 9, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Amazing idea! Going into my design. Thanks!!
  6. rhetoric

    rhetoric In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Western New York
    Hey, speckledhen, what do you call that kind of wire? Thanks.
  7. 2 Beauts

    2 Beauts Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Love this idea!!! I'll definitely be using something similar!

  8. Stonebriar Farm

    Stonebriar Farm In the Brooder

    That is a wonderful idea - thanks very much.

    P.S. What breed of chicken is on your avitar speckled hen? I think it might be the prettiest chicken I've ever seen [​IMG]
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I originally had hardware cloth on top with 1/2" holes; not a good idea because it wouldn't allow the poop to drop through. Then we changed it to that green plastic garden fencing with 1" holes and it worked beautifully! Got it at Home Depot.

    The chicken in my avatar is my Blue Orpington rooster, Suede. He's a big boy, isn't he?
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2008
  10. Portia

    Portia Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    We are in the process of building our coop, well not today 'cause its raining. I built a 3'x7' x 1' high box that will be topped with 1/2" wire mesh under the roosts. The box itself will be lined with lineoleum covered plywood. Along the 7' edge is a hatch about 16" high that will open for clean out. All I have is a picture of the framing, so you'll have to use your imagination. When its finished I'll post pics and as time passes how well the design is (or isn't) working.
    Here's the pic. The roosts & dropping pits will be off to the right; you'll have to visualize the idea with actual sides
    And here's the opening where the clean out hatch door will be located

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