What do you guys think of this?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pixiedouglas, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. pixiedouglas

    pixiedouglas Chillin' With My Peeps

    http://www.tree.com/home-garden/blog-blog/archive-2011-06-01-cleaning-the-poop-from-the-coop.aspx

    I'm
    kind of surprised by the no nest boxes and no roost in the coop, also this sounds like more work than I spend cleaning, but we're 'attempting' deep litter. I did rake up the chicken run this last weekend and dump it in the compost, but we didn't really think it was necessary I just wanted to clean it up before my kid has her birthday party lol. I do scrap poo off the roosts, steps, and ramps probably once a week, but I just let it drop onto the litter.

    Just curious what people think of it. I do think it's great to encourage more people to keep chickens, it's so much fun for the family and great for kids to see where food comes from so anything positive is good I think. [​IMG]
     
  2. clarkechick

    clarkechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looked like there was one little roost over where he said the "huddle by the door", but its funny that he didn't mention it. I would think with no next boxes it would be a guessing game on where to find those eggs! What do I know though, my chicks are 6 days old!
     
  3. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

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    I use the deep litter method and only clean out the coop twice a year. We scrape the droppings boards into the litter a couple times a month. Our method is MUCH easier. Clean the coop every week? No thanks! [​IMG]
    And yes, nest boxes are a must! Mine get cleaned and restocked with fluff once a month (although the girls are really good about keeping the nests fairly clean, they do like to scratch the fluff out of them). The chickens in the pics looked pretty small. I doubt they are laying yet. They still have time to put in nest boxes.
     
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  4. clarkechick

    clarkechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you say "fluff" in the nest boxes, what do you use?
     
  5. Player Hater

    Player Hater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    her coop does seem a little strange


    no locks on those back flaps

    seems like it would be drafty too


    at least it's finished, mine isn't at the moment
     
  6. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

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    Quote:Right now I use hay but I am open to new ideas! The hay sticks to my beautiful marans' eggs and the color is then marred. Anybody have any better ideas? Can't think of anything that wouldn't rub the color off of these eggs when they are wet. [​IMG]
     
  7. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I must be nuts. It made me sad that she was so proud of how little time she spent with them.
     
  8. Pretty Pony

    Pretty Pony Out Of The Brooder

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    I am taking a break from cleaning my coop, usually it gets done 3-4 times a year. I have been using my shredder paper in the nesting boxes and the girls all seem pretty happy.. Just saying..
     
  9. wrldlygrrl

    wrldlygrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Pretty Pony-I wondered why I have been "forgetting" to put my shredded paper in the recycling bin! Tomorrow, into the coop it goes!
     
  10. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

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    I'm gonna try that shredded paper out as nesting material.

    BTW I don't think less time cleaning the coop translates to less time with the chickens. In fact quite the opposite! I have so much more time to enjoy my girls now that I have an efficient set up for them. I never used to enjoy my chickens as much. They used to be so much work! Now they are just so much fun!!!
     

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