A backyard chicken farmer from Massachusetts has two tricks — one for grabbing hard-to-reach eggs, and another for keeping his chickens’ roost clean.
Work smarter not harder with these handy tips for chicken keepers.
Photo by Michael Lincoln
Our chickens like to lay their eggs in the farthest, hardest-to-reach corners of their coop. We found that using a grabber tool, which sells for about $15 from health-care-supply companies, is useful for reaching and retrieving the faraway eggs.
We also installed a “poop sling” under the chickens’ roost. The poop sling is made from a shower pan liner — a heavy-duty industrial plastic that’s sold by building-supply and plumbing-supply stores. The handy sling catches the manure and makes cleaning the coop much faster and easier. I scoop the manure out of the sling every morning and add it to my compost heap.
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