Hi Chickeners,what are your thoughts on this,we are on a lifestyle block,so we are building a large coop with 6 nest boxes,enough eggs we hope for a large family and eggs to trade.I want to use the poo for the garden so i want to make it an easy job to get it out of the coop,and keep the coop clean,so i want to get the floor right .Looking forward to your thoughts,Fi from Waiheke.

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Hi Fiona, l have seen a coop where the bottom half of the wall under the perches was open. chicken wire was put under the perches and the poo dropped onto ?sacking, plastic which was just pulled out as needed.
Hello over there! Here in Titirangi I've just made a wood and ply chookhouse, 1200x900, raised up 600mm from ground level, and my main flooring idea was The Deep Litter system, up to 150mm. And my second plan was to make a removeable floor: a tray 150 deep the same dimensions as the floor area, that comes right out and dumps the well-aerated litter into the barrow.

I amended some of my aims. Kept the deep litter but ditched the tray. A tray that size would have been too flimsy, and then too heavy if beefed up.

I did retain a full-width slot 150 high at one end wall, with a removeable cover, so we can root the litter out, or pull out the tarp under the litter.
Thanks Jenny,because the size of the coop, i would like to be able to walk in and shovel the poo out,do you put hay,sawdust or what under there perches?

Jenny Freewalker said:
Hi Fiona, l have seen a coop where the bottom half of the wall under the perches was open. chicken wire was put under the perches and the poo dropped onto ?sacking, plastic which was just pulled out as needed.
Hi Brian,because of the size of the coop a tray would be to heavy,what are you using on the ground hay,straw or something else?

Brian Adam said:
Hello over there! Here in Titirangi I've just made a wood and ply chookhouse, 1200x900, raised up 600mm from ground level, and my main flooring idea was The Deep Litter system, up to 150mm. And my second plan was to make a removeable floor: a tray 150 deep the same dimensions as the floor area, that comes right out and dumps the well-aerated litter into the barrow.

I amended some of my aims. Kept the deep litter but ditched the tray. A tray that size would have been too flimsy, and then too heavy if beefed up.

I did retain a full-width slot 150 high at one end wall, with a removeable cover, so we can root the litter out, or pull out the tarp under the litter.
If your doing a walk in coop, a sand floor would be best, not beach sand but the rough gritty construction sand. (which is good for their feet and they eat it as grit) and then you just walk around with a poop scoop and pick up the droppings. Heres the link where Id read it http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=11374-sand-for-...
Perfect,thanks so much,i can get the sand from placemakers on the island.I have a builder wwoofer next week,so we hope to start then,will post some photos of the coop,cheers Fi
Hi Fiona, my girls determinedly use nesting boxes as sleeping quarters as well, and it is amazing how much they 'poo' in the night.
I have resorted to laying paper on the floor of house and nesting boxes and covering with straw.
With gloves I remove large piles daily into chicken shit container to mature for later use on garden.-and then periodically roll the whole lot up in the paper and transfer to the garden or compost. So a bit labour intensive
Hi Jamie,good grief! you would think the girls would not poo where they lay there eggs.So i think i am getting that it not so much whats on the base of the floor,its what is on top,ie sand straw etc that makes it easy to get the poo out.

Jamie said:
Hi Fiona, my girls determinedly use nesting boxes as sleeping quarters as well, and it is amazing how much they 'poo' in the night.
I have resorted to laying paper on the floor of house and nesting boxes and covering with straw.
With gloves I remove large piles daily into chicken shit container to mature for later use on garden.-and then periodically roll the whole lot up in the paper and transfer to the garden or compost. So a bit labour intensive
Dear Fiona,
I have 9 chickens and my husband has built "the Taj" This is a chicken Coop on stilts it has a trap door to empty the sawdust & poo through the trap door into a wheelbarrow. What I have found though is the added feature that I asked for....that is a removable rear to the Taj ... I can pick up the poo with gloved hands and the sawdust at waist level and the sawdust lasts longer. The chicken poo can then age.... In relation to the floor I have an extensiove scratching floor I don't like concrete.
Again, IANACE (I am not a chicken expert) but our chook supplier said they would do exactly that.

His instructions are to block off the nesting boxes so they have to use only the coop with a roost and the run until they start to lay.

Then take egg and chicken and put both in the nesting box. Doesn't matter if they don't stay there. Just associate them with egg and box.

Keep the nesting boxes covered at night so they can't get in and keep putting eggs and chooks in the nesting box till you start finding the eggs there of their own accord.

Only then can you leave the nesting boxes open.

Might be a bit late, but it can't hurt to try to retrain them.
...my parents have chooks who do this and my dad trains them not to by going out at night when they are sleepy and easy to pick up, and puts them on their perch. they stay there for the rest of the night. you do have to be consistent about doing it for quite a while though i think before they get the idea.

Jamie said:
Hi Fiona, my girls determinedly use nesting boxes as sleeping quarters as well, and it is amazing how much they 'poo' in the night.
I have resorted to laying paper on the floor of house and nesting boxes and covering with straw.
With gloves I remove large piles daily into chicken shit container to mature for later use on garden.-and then periodically roll the whole lot up in the paper and transfer to the garden or compost. So a bit labour intensive
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