With what do you scoop your poop?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sovia, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. sovia

    sovia Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Black Hills of SD
    Ok, this is probably going to sound like a dumb question, but what do you all use to scoop the poop in your run? I have a sand-covered run and, initially, I was just raking the poop into the sand and sprinkling some DE throughout the run. Now that the chickens are 21 weeks old, the poop is too big to do that. I tried using a rake and shovel, but the poop just passes right through the rake. Is there some special kind of poop rake that I don't know about? I know there has to be an easier way to rake that stuff out of the run.[​IMG]
  2. Ladysonja

    Ladysonja Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Porter, Texas
    Good Question -

    I'm in the same situation and would like to know everyone else's solutions to the poop cleaning question at hand.
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I just use a flat square head shovel.
  4. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Hi, I have a dirt floor, so don't know if this would work.
    At Wal-mart they have these shrub rakes,they are small like kid sized. They work for me, cost about 4 bucks last time I got one. I use a broken flat shovel to scoop it up.
    I pick up their poop every morning & scrap off the poop on the perches & walk boards. I've coolect 6 - 5 gal buckets a week. [​IMG]
    Good luck [​IMG]
  5. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Well I use a hoe, seems to work just fine! (I feel a little naughty after re-readin that!)[​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  6. Linda91722

    Linda91722 In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2008
    Ok this might seem weide but after cleaning it up what doyou do with it, I have heard it makes good fertilizer but I have been tossiung it in the trash but it leave my ca selling is there a cleaner and easier way to dispose of it?[​IMG]
  7. consdrs

    consdrs Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    Vancouver, WA
    At Wal-mart they have these shrub rakes,they are small like kid sized. They work for me, cost about 4 bucks last time I got one.

    I also have one of these "kidlike" shrub rakes. I have a sand run about 2" thick and I take the rake upside down and run it kinda side ways through the sand and it acts like a sifter. I tried raking it up but it broke it up into too small a pieces. then dump it into a big bucket. I compost mine along with their used bedding. I'm hoping for the most fabulous tomatoes next year!​
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  8. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    My girls free range so I don't have to clean the run very often (when I do I just rake it). Under the roost I use a dust pan. I just let them out in the morning and scoop up the poo under the roost. As for getting rid of it, I put it in the composter and it ends up in the garden.
  9. dixiechick

    dixiechick Songster

    I use a small stall rake...sometimes a flat shovel....I do recycle the poop....my trees, shrubs, tomato plants...all are happy when it's pen-cleaning time!
  10. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    We use a kitty litter scooper and a bucket to scrape the roosts and droppings boards. We use a manure fork for the bedding in the hen house. We use a shovel for the droppings just near the hen house and barn doors. Everything goes into the compost heap.

    Our flock forages our acreage, we don't have a run. But we do have to sweep off the back patio pavers and front porch. They get hosed down and scrubbed with disinfectant once a week, if it isn't snowing. [​IMG]

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