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originally posted by: InTheLight
How much work is it to clean up after them (poop), doesn't it get everywhere, including in nests and on the eggs? What is the best way to keep excrement to a minimum without too much effort? Has anyone used the chicken coop as a compost heap?
originally posted by: eriktheawful
a reply to: intrptr
You're not calling people "chicken", are you?
originally posted by: staple
Unfortunately a few months later I had to relocate and could not keep a chicken at the new place. Had the "cat lady" for a neighbor and knew it would not end up good. The mother in law had chickens already and that is where my chicken ended up. I hated it because the other hens did not take in my bird and fought with her. It didn't last a week before I got the call saying she was dead. Apparently she got her head stuck in a gap in the fence and died. I was pissed and sad.
Last time I seen her alive.
Chickens have little personalities and are a great pets.
originally posted by: Doom and Gloom
a reply to: InTheLight
My daughter says the best way to manage the poop is to put down a lot of playground sand and use something similar to a cat litter scoop to clean it up. Or you can just shovel it all up and put it in your compost bin.
Chickens poop. A LOT. They poop ever where. In their hen house, in the run, in their water, even in their food some times. (remember if you make a roost, not to put one roost above the other. Why? Because the top chickens will poop on the ones below...).
Eggs: They will get poop on them. Simply gather your eggs and wash them with warm water to clean them off. If you're really worried about bacteria, you can wash them gently with dish soap like Dawn.
They also have a patent-pending water supply system that allows you to hook them to a hose, but doesn't keep the nipples under constant hose pressure. Instead it acts as a valve to detect when the reservoir is low and then allows the water to fill the vertical reservoir. Since the nipples are not under constant pressure, that means you can easily insert additives (cider vinegar, medicine, etc.) to the water if desired.