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Roost poop catcher

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by eggplucker, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. eggplucker

    eggplucker Out Of The Brooder

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    I am in the final stages of designing my first coop (8 X 4 for 7 chickens) and have come up with an idea that should help not only in cleaning the poop, but keep the coop cleaner, longer.

    I will install two 2X4 roosts across the width of the coop. Beneath each roost I will install a removable tray (easy to slide out from outside the coop through a little access door) 14" wide to catch the poop from the roost. Has anyone heard of this before? is 14" wide enough to catch the poop if it's centered beneath the roost?

    My thinking is that, when combined with ample free-range or pen time, these trays should catch a large percentage of the waste and I can simply remove them every day or two and put the droppings in my compost. A much smaller percentage should hit the floor and make total cleaning much less frequent.

    Thanks for comments and suggestions.

    Eggplucker
     
  2. djennings

    djennings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like a great idea, please put pics up so we can see the finished product. [​IMG]
     
  3. steedchristopher

    steedchristopher Out Of The Brooder

    Yes, please post pictures!
    I just knew I couldn't be the only neurotic OCD person with chickens [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  4. grammaC

    grammaC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I read something about that...or maybe I saw it on YouTube...anyway, I think they're called "poop boards", oddly enough [​IMG]
     
  5. newchick13

    newchick13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered my coop from a company in PA. It has something like this in it. The area under the roosts is enclosed with wire and there is a sliding tray in the bottom that I can access from the outside...makes cleaning up a breeze.
     
  6. The Kibble Goddess

    The Kibble Goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wish I had put these in mine.
     
  7. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, absolutely. I used old cafeteria trays. I built a simple 2"x2" frame work below the roosts for them to set on. Cover the trays with pine shavings and when poop builds up, simply pick up tray and scrape everything into a tote to take out to the compost pile. Simple and works great. Here is a photo of my set up.
    Erik
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  8. monaname

    monaname Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are the roosts that we just finished last week and they're working out great!

    I have a plastic kitchen drawer liner that I sprinkle the pine shavings over and I remove that every morning....NO POOP sticks. It's so easy to clean up.

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    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011
  9. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the final stages of designing my first coop (8 X 4 for 7 chickens) and have come up with an idea that should help not only in cleaning the poop, but keep the coop cleaner, longer.

    I will install two 2X4 roosts across the width of the coop. Beneath each roost I will install a removable tray (easy to slide out from outside the coop through a little access door) 14" wide to catch the poop from the roost. Has anyone heard of this before? is 14" wide enough to catch the poop if it's centered beneath the roost?

    My thinking is that, when combined with ample free-range or pen time, these trays should catch a large percentage of the waste and I can simply remove them every day or two and put the droppings in my compost. A much smaller percentage should hit the floor and make total cleaning much less frequent.

    Thanks for comments and suggestions.

    Eggplucker

    We did the same thing at the begining of the summer.
    we use a christmas wraping paper plastic box cover.
    Works amazing
    Its bit of work, but we empty it every day, and our coop ALWAYS smells of CLEAN HAY!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I went with the dropping board rather the dropping tray - but serves the same purpose [​IMG] With mine I just keep a poop bucket and plastic putty knife behind my coop, scrape any droppings into it once a day, and then dump into my compost once a week or so.
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    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011

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