Is a poop tray worth it on a chicken coop?

When I was designing our first chicken coop I was fascinated by the idea of building a removeable poop tray into the final version. This is where you create a slatted or wire floor to your henhouse and put a cleanout tray underneath it. The hens’ droppings then fall through the openings and collect in a tray for removal. Another variation I’ve seen is a raised henhouse where the entire floor is removabale (or at least tippable).

As I looked into it more, I began to notice that the coops that needed built-in poop trays were the ones where the henhouse was hard to access in the first place. The trays made cleanup not so much easier as practical at all.

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