Today I crossed another couple of little chicken projects off my list.
Firstly, I built a poop tray — a nested tray to collect the poop chickens release overnight while roosting, to make it easier to keep the coop clean.
Here is the outer tray, which features an opening at the back (towards us) and a welded wire screen to keep the chickens out:
And the inner tray, with a small opening at one end to enable scooping out the waste:
They fit together like this within the coop, accessed via the poop door:
Both could be removed if I want to sweep out the entire coop. But typically just the inner tray will be pulled out to clean out, without exposing the whole doorway:
Here’s what it looks like inside:
Next up, I built a grazing frame — a structure with a hardware cloth screen on top. We can plant grass or other fodder inside the frame, which will grow up through the wire, so the chickens can eat the tops without destroying the entire plant. (Given an opportunity, chickens will turn any amount of foliage to barren dirt in time, by scratching and pecking plants into oblivion.)
The chickies are intrigued: