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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lhayes1976, Jun 5, 2011.
Would love to see pics of what you guys use to sift the sand in your runs and coops.
You mean to get the poop? I don't touch it. It just goes away....I don't know where it goes...but it goes there.
I also don't "sift" the poo that accumulates in my sand filled run. It somehow doesn't accumulate! The poo in my dirt run I have to rake out and remove with a shovel. I originally bought an enormous sized kitty-litter scoop @ my local dollar store to sift out the poo, but it seems to just break down and disappear into the sand. Wish I could fill my dirt run with sand too so I wouldn't have to rake and shovel poo!
You're right about the poo, I don't really see any of that, mostly just leftover weeds and scraps that they wouldn't eat. I guess a raking would probably clean that up. But what about the coop--do you all sift that?
Ah, I live in Florida...don't have a coop. Mine is an open air pen. One solid wall on the back with a piece on one side. Whole thing is covered and sand on the bottom.
I have pine shavings in my coop. I do not sift this either. Most of their poo is on the droppings board under their roost, so I do have to scrape this clean every few days. The shavings stay pretty clean. It's been about a year and i've added shavings to the original layer. There is no smell at all - even after a year! I occasionally sprinkle in some Sweet-Pdz or some D.E. on top of the shavings and the sand in the run - they scratch it in with their velociraptor-like talons. I suppose it's time for a shavings cleanout and replacement - but it always seems like there's something in the wheelbarrow that needs to be emptied.
You can see a picture of my "chicken sifter" on my BYC page.
In my coop I have wood shavings. I with the other guy who said I don't know where it goes, it just goes there. Turns into dirt.
In my juvenile pen I put down white play sand to help keep the poop as dry as possible. I don't have a picture, but I took a large dust pan from the dollar store and cut out the center, then glued 1/4 inch hardware cloth over the cutout. Works great!! You can also use the mesh colanders, but they are more difficult to use.
Ultimately, I decided to change them over to shavings because cleaning the 4X8 pen just took too long.
Quote:What a clever idea. Off to the Dollar Store I go.