what do you use to catch the poop when they roost at night

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blueseal, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    trying to make it cleaner around the roosting area so it doesnt stink as bad. i have a 10 ft long by 4 ft wide roosting area maybe i can find some long wide plastic tubs to put underneath 23 hens and a roo.
  2. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    I use the floor.

    We use bedding pellets, so there's never anything wet or smelly, it dries everything right now, and once every few months we clean the coop out and start over.
  3. CKMom

    CKMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    cooped up
    We found a cheap countertop and put that under the roosting board. I am amazed at all the poop in the morning. I then use my handy dandy paint scraper and into the compost bucket it goes.
  4. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pembroke, Ma.
    I went the droppings board route. I scrape it clean each day into a bucket and into the compost pile it goes. It takes me 30 seconds to clean up after 15 birds. It is wide enough to catch all the droppings overnight, no matter which way my birds are facing.

    The messy litter in the picture is feathers, not droppings.


  5. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    My husband found a board and cobbled it together under the roosts. We then tacked linolium on the wall to come down and over the board for easy cleanup....the poop etc slides right off and is easy to clean. We have shavings on that board, and they poop at night with it ending up in the shavings on the board. I open the door to let them out in the morning, then take my mini dustpan and broom and sweep the dirty shavings in a bin and put that in the compost bin. I then add new shavings from the old shavings under the roost. then move some more over and stir it up so the clean shaving sare evenly dispersed. Hope this makes sense tho how I am saying it.

    Takes me a couple of minutes and easy cleanup. It hardly smells at all now in the coop [​IMG] And it makes me feel better knowing that when they are inside they are not playing in the poop area where it was was before, on the floor with the rest of the bedding.

    It just seems so much cleaner now!
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2009
  6. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a droppings board under my roosts to catch the droppings overnight, but I cover the board with a few sheets of newspaper each day. I pull it out and take it to the compost and shred the whole mess in. I get a decent brown to green ratio this way for the compost. It is an a extra step, but it works for us. We only have 4 chickens.
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    No poop yet, because my chicks won't arrive until this week, and won't be using the roost for several weeks yet...but I've chosen dropping boards. I like the idea of just going in and scraping the poop into a bucket with a putty knife every day or two.

  8. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a droppings board like the one in the previous post, and on it I keep pine shavings with DE sprinkled in it. Each morning I pick up the poo with a kitty litter scoop, and shift the clean and dry litter back onto the board. No oders in my coop what so ever, and no scraping of poo at all!
    Best thing I ever did-droppings board/shavings/de!!!

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