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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will clean out at least 4 chicken nest boxes.



Here are some related articles.
 - Cleaning Out Chicken Coop naturally and Safely
 - Prepare Chicken Coop for Spring
 - Chicken Nesting Boxes 101
 - Diatomaceous Earth







To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - clean out at least 4 chicken nesting boxes
      - fresh straw or clean wood chips/planer shavings
      - maybe add a little DE in the boxes

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a picture of 4 dirty nesting boxes
 - post a picture of you replacing the straw or clean wood chips/planer shavings
 - post a picture of the 4 clean nest boxes
 - OR a 2 minute video of you doing all of this
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I use pine shavings in both my duck and chicken boxes. Would it be okay to use pine shavings for this Badge Bit?

Also, I'm assuming ducks would work for this badge bit, as they lay in nesting boxes, and actually make them quite a bit messier than a chicken does. Do ducks count?
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I use pine shavings in both my duck and chicken boxes. Would it be okay to use pine shavings for this Badge Bit?

Also, I'm assuming ducks would work for this badge bit, as they lay in nesting boxes, and actually make them quite a bit messier than a chicken does. Do ducks count?



Ducks are fine.

Pine straw is fine.

Pine shavings ....   hmmm ....   post a pic?
 
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Here's my duck's nesting boxes, and the pine (wood) shavings. Figured since I was already out there, I might as well get pictures of the whole process.
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Four dirty nesting boxes, all in a row
Four dirty nesting boxes, all in a row
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Dirty boxes
Dirty boxes
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Dirty boxes
Dirty boxes
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Dirty box
Dirty box
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Using my wooden board to flick poop into the rest of the duck house to be added to the deep litter
Using my wooden board to flick poop into the rest of the duck house to be added to the deep litter
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dumping in some pine shavings (I often just use my hands, but it was easier to do it this way while taking a picture)
dumping in some pine shavings (I often just use my hands, but it was easier to do it this way while taking a picture)
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four clean boxes
four clean boxes
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close up of a clean box
close up of a clean box
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non-cedar wood shavings are recommended as bedding for ducks, since ducks are so wet
non-cedar wood shavings are recommended as bedding for ducks, since ducks are so wet
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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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It was time to clean out the deep litter in the coop a couple days ago.  So I got to clean out the nest boxes as well.  Much like other wonderful people, I use pine shavings for bedding and nest boxes (by-product of planing pallet wood for other projects).  The front of the nest box flips down for egg access and the birds normally get at it from the back side.

First photo: Dirtyish nest box
Second photo: Cleaned out and ready
Third photo: DE sprinkled around ready for bedding
Fourth photo: Glimmer is checking out the new bedding
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About to clean boxes
About to clean boxes
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Removed beddng
Removed beddng
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Sprinked DE
Sprinked DE
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Clean bedding added
Clean bedding added
Staff note (paul wheaton) :

i certify this BB is complete

 
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