Once people learn that I have chickens, I get questions. A lot of questions, and mostly “Isn’t it *icky* to take care of them?” So here is the Ultimate Guide to Chicken Shit. There are a lot of photos, but I promise you that I can do this routine in 10 minutes. And it’s only once a week for the cleanout. I tell people chickens are easier to take care of than dogs – it’s true! And no, it doesn’t really smell at all. I suppose if you let it go too long it would, but once a week seems to do the trick.
Step 1 – Distract the natives. I call this the Chicken Crack Line. Just imagine a mirror underneath, heh heh.
Step 2 – Gather your weapons. Hoe, shovel, bucket.
Step 3 – Assess the task at hand. Warning: poopy pictures ahead.
Step 4 – Get that crap outta there. Dump the nest box, use the hoe, scrap it towards the door, and shovel it into the bucket. Note: the yellow stuff that’s stuck to the nest box is probably a misfire – a soft-shelled or no-shell egg. That happens sometimes.
There. All cleaned out. Now go dump that into the compost area. Chickens are great at turning compost. Since it’s all natural stuff in there, it won’t hurt them. I also put our kitchen scraps on the pile. This patch of ground will be prettier than a putting green soon!
Step 5 – Go get clean pine shavings. I keep mine in one of these blue barrels I got off Craigslist for $20. The other barrel has all the feed in it.
Step 6 – Put the nest box back in, then dump the bucket. Scoop some pine shavings into the nest box, then use the hoe to put the majority of it right on the landing zone. They sleep on that perch and, well, bombs away! That’s where all the poop ends up.
Step 7 – Put your tools away, check their water, food and oyster shells (calcium supplement since they’re laying), and don’t forget to take that egg inside!