Show me your poop boards!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BReeder!, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. BReeder!

    BReeder! Crowing

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    I want to to see pictures of your poop boards! That's right, boards that catch poop under your roost. Pics and descriptions like measurements or comments on litter material (sand, shavings, clay litter, etc). I am looking for inspiration here.
     
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  2. Ridgerunner

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    My brooder is under the main roosts. The top of the brooder is a sheet of plywood which acts as a droppings board. I scrape it with a garden hoe that has a broken handle. The short handle keeps me from doing a lot of damage in the coop with my back swing.
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    This is my juvenile roost over the nests. The nests act as droppings boars. again the top is just bare plywood.
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  3. BReeder!

    BReeder! Crowing

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    Thanks for sharing! I hope we get more posts.
    This looks like a simple method. I'm not certain I want to have to "scrape" poop. Have you tried sand r shavings or anything else? Wondering if there's a reason it didn't work out for you or if you simply prefer to go with bare wood as boards for convenience of installation.
    How often to you have to clean all the poop?
     
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  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    I'm surprised others haven't replied, there are so many different ways to go about this. Some of them will probably suit you better than how I do it. I'll include the photo I should have used the first time. My brooder doesn't go all of the way across so I use plastic bins as another way to catch the poop. Thee are a lot of different ways to collect poop.

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    Sometimes my flock is one rooster and 6 to 8 hens. During the summer I can easily have 30 or more chickens in here, most of them pretty young and a lot not sleeping on these roosts. Point is that at different times the poop load can vary a lot. Another big factor is how humid it is.

    I don't have any problems with the poop building up as long as it stays dry. If it gets wet or builds up thick enough to stay wet it will stink. That means I waited too long to clean it. Over the years I've learned how often I need to clean to keep it from stinking. If I have a pretty heavy poop load and the weather is pretty humid I may need to scrape this once a week. If my flock is kind of small and the weather is really dry I can sometimes go six weeks between scrapings.

    The pure poop goes straight in my compost pile. I prefer it be pure poop and not mixed with anything else, I have enough carbons in my compost pile so I don't need more. When I scrape it I bust up anything stuck but I don't try to get it clean enough to eat off of. I just get rid of the worst of it and scrape it into one of those plastic bins. It takes longer to carry the bin to the compost than it takes to scrape the droppings board. The nests are more of a problem because they are not flat.

    Different people have different coops, different chicken densities, and different cleaning philosophies, that's why there are so many different ways to do this.
     
  5. TropicalBabies

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    Good question and I look forward to seeing more posts. What I got is scrape boards and what I like is I can scrape it daily and add poop to compost easily. I use a garden hand hoe and plastic dish. In the mini coop, where they go to sleep only, I need a cover box for food and place water where they don't poop. Also big easy access doors I can really get in to clean is awesome. July 20th 2018 006.jpg 008.jpg
     
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  6. I just made mine 24 hours ago. Still pristine.

    Roughly 24 inches deep and 5 feet wide. Used standard 2 by 4 lumber. Will be putting a layer of Sweet PDZ on the top so I can scoop the poop like kitty litter.

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  7. imnukensc

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    I don't do a poop board. 1X2 welded wire under the roost. What poop doesn't fall through on its own gets brushed through with a deck brush every 2 or 3 weeks or so. Coop is a raised 5X5. Wire is 2X5.
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  8. BReeder!

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    That's clever. Do you have to clean underneath the coop then or just let it compost in place under there? Also, do you get cold weather? That seems like a big opening, and I am wondering if it would be a problem with cold weather.
     
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  9. BReeder!

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    Looks good. Does that structure double as a nesting box and roost?
     
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  10. BReeder!

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    Your climate is obviously warmer yuan mine. I am jealous.
     

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