should the chickens roost be near the nesting boxes or does it not matter? also how do you clean the poop off of the betting and how often. i am goin to use pine shaving so how would you clean it and how often?
You can also put a shelf or droppings board under the roosts. If you have a pic others might comment on what would work...then you can scrape off the droppings regularly. An old windshield scraper or a paint scraper would work.
I just use a small garden trowel, and pick up the bigger poops, placing them in a bucket. The use of a dropping board keeps the majority contained to it, and is easy to clean. Since the birds are out almost the entire day, the coops pine shavings are still pretty clean after 5 weeks. I add some fresh shavings once a week, and sprinkle DE around once every couple of weeks. So far very little smell. I think the trick is to keep the coop dry as possible. I keep my waterer on top of a dishwash basin, that has wooden slats across it. This prevents spills into the litter.
We have a roost in front of the nest boxes just to help them get to the boxes, but we have a higher roost above the nest boxes for bedtime. We use the top of the nest boxes as a dropping board. I know a lot of people don't like that, but the combo works well for us. We covered the top of the nest boxes w/laminate floor stuff and put pine shavings on top of that. We scoop the poop everyday off of it. I just use a big dust pan to scoop. Hope this helps.