GIVEAWAY: Manna Pro® Coop ‘n Compost [Winner Announced!]

WINNER UPDATE! says… Comment #33 is our winner! Thanks everyone for being a part of this! Look for more goodies to come soon!



As we move toward putting the wetter and colder months behind us,  it’s time to do some coop spring cleaning and clear out all the damp corners.  Manna Pro’s Coop ‘N Compost is the natural way to neutralize odors and moisture in the chicken coop.  Conveniently packaged for small backyard flocks without having to buy and store 50lbs of Zeolite or Diatomaceous Earth.

One way I have always checked the condition of my coop is to get down to the level of the chickens and ducks and take a good whiff.   Ammonia can build-up without you even knowing it and even if you don’t smell it when you first step into your animal area.  So get down, and sniff the air there… it’s where your poultry breathe.

Manna Pro Coop ‘N Compost will not only protect the respiratory systems of your flock,  it will make your nose and neighbors happy

In addition to the powerful odor control, Coop ‘N Compost also helps make the nutrients in your manure and compost more plant-accessible which can benefit your garden! Try Coop ‘N Compost for healthy birds, happy neighbors and lush gardens!

  • Reduces odors and moisture
  • Extends the life of your bedding
  • Helps improve the quality of your compost

Contains zeolite* which neutralizes odors in brooders and coops for a healthier flock. Absorbs moisture and ammonia odors. Extends the life of the bedding and improves the quality of the composted manure. Also for dog runs, litter boxes, rabbit hutches, where ammonia odors are noticeable.

* Zeolite is a naturally occurring mineral group consisting of over 50 different minerals which have a special crystalline structure.

Directions for use:
Remove all existing bedding and waste. If using water or a cleaning aid, wait until coop is completely dry before applying Coop’N Compost. Sprinkle liberally on the floor of the coop, creating a thin layer of granules. Add fresh bedding. It is recommended that the coop be cleaned every 1-2 weeks.  If using the deep-litter method: Sprinkle Coop’N Compost into the litter 1-2 times per week, as well as each time fresh bedding is added.

About Manna Pro

Thanks to Manna Pro LLC who sent these boxes to us to share with y’all. To address the need for products and information that supports the homesteading lifestyle both in rural and city settings, Manna Pro  runs a web site at The web site offers information about raising backyard chickens, rabbits and goats; gardening in small spaces; and composting in a responsible and sustainable manner.

This is a company striving to show support for a nurturing, connected lifestyle. With a motto: “nurturing life” they are seeking to help people find the resources they need to care for their animals and have a positive relationship with their life and their food. Manna Pro Products, LLC , formed in 1985, has deep roots and connections to some of the feed industries pioneers who paved the way for excellence in animal nutrition. Manna Pro is dedicated to the care and nurturing of animals and supporting the lifestyle of their owners by producing high-quality nutrition and care products for a broad range of species. Proud to support the modern homesteader, Manna Pro offers a wide variety of products for poultry, rabbits, goats, and many other species found in farms and homesteads.  Check out Manna Pro’s Chick Days specials.

How to Enter the Giveaway

Do you have any tips or tricks to keeping your animal areas clean? Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, poultry, horse, rabbit or whatever! .. we’d love to hear your ideas. Even if you don’t have any animals but are collecting products for your future farm, just comment below to enter!

NOTE: If you repost this giveaway via Twitter or Facebook or write about it on your blog – or anywhere online – you may add an additional comment or comments for each time you shared the link for additional chances to win! (just make sure to share the url address in the comments box).

This giveaway will end on 3/16/2012 at 12 PM PST. Open to all persons in the United States of America (due to shipping issues).

IMPORTANT: Sometimes entries will accidentally go to the Spam folder. However, I do go through the spam and all relevant entries will be approved so your entries will be counted!

Winners will be chosen by and will be e-mailed. The winner has 48 hrs. to respond to e-mail or another winner will be chosen. Winners will be announced via an update to this blog post.

Happy Homesteading Y’all!


  1. Una Walker says:

    I don’t really have a tip other than to have a schedule for cleaning out the coop. We have three girls and I make sure to every week to clean out the roosting box. I check for eggs everyday and the nesting boxes are right below the roost, so if they smell it’s easy to tell. I do add the shavings to the compost and I have another trash can for even more any suggestions for the rest, can I add it to the garden without composting it?

  2. Sally L says:

    We don’t have any chickens yet but I am hoping very much this year. Only thing holding us back is a proper chicken coop. I hope we can figure out a solution we can afford! Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Joy says:

    We will just be starting with chickens this spring. A big focus for us has been ventilation.

  4. Renee says:

    We’re getting ready to place our order for our first chickens, and are so excited to begin raising them. Would LOVE to win a new product to try out, as I’m sure there will be many things to purchase.

  5. Michael Smith says:

    My only tip is: “Constant vigilance!” It can become a real chore if you let it back up.


  6. Brenda says:


    The best thing my husband did when he built our small chicken house was to make a removable “poop” board. This board is installed directly underneath their roost. With a compost bin right next to the chicken house I just slide it out scrape it off into the bin. Even with 5 chickens it builds up quite quickly.

  7. Jeni Vandall says:

    I have noticed that we just have to stay on top of cleaning. Even if its cold out you still have to keep their living space clean. The cleaner the space the happier your birds the better your eggs:) Also a good shovel helps!

    Our ducks share the coop with our chickens and one thing we have done to keep them from trying to preen in the drinking water is we have taken 2 different size plastic rabbit trays (the ones you use for their bunny hutch) we put the largest size on the bottom then take 2 stepping stones set them side by side then put the smaller tray on top of that. Then the water goes on top! We have found out that the water stays cleaner and all the birds are happier as they do not have to bend their head down as far to drink.

    We could hang it up but this way seems to work for us.

  8. Stacia says:

    I’m loving all of these great tips! My husband and I are going to start raising some backyard chickens this spring, and we’re in the process of building the chicken coop now. We’ll have to incorporate some of this advice into our plans.

  9. Carolyn says:

    I stick recycled corrugated cardboard in the hens nesting box…I can lift it out and empty it out very easily. And then when it is grody, it goes in the compost and a new piece goes in.

  10. janet says:

    A good scraper. It’s my favorite trick for getting the coop clean without making as much of a mess as plain scrubbing. And regular bedding changes!

  11. Sandra Smith says:

    I have a long handled 3 prong cultivator that I use to churn the dirt and shavings and poop in my chicken yard. I have ducks and chickens sharing the space and it can get compacted quickly. I use the cultivator to speed up the composting process and keep them interested in scratching and churning the dirt. The long handle saves my back from getting sore and the tines are great grabbers!

  12. Nancy says:

    We try to move it, on occasion, but keep it close to the house in the winter. Last winter we had 7 feet of snow and tunnels to the coop. This year we have no snow and a coop next to the door. Backwards.

  13. Beth Brown says:

    No tips really other than just keeping it clean. I check and sniff every morning and change everything on the weekends. Love my girls!

  14. Renee says:

    They should always have plenty of fresh water and quality laying mash. We supplement with greens, fruits, and vegetables every day for treats. Clean the bowls & coop on a regular basis. I like to mix in apple-cider vinegar in their water to help to maintain digestive health by lowering the pH in their stomach. It can also act as an antiseptic, killing any harmful mucus or bacteria in the throat that can cause respiratory ailments. It also can increase their egg production.

  15. Gerard says:

    Clean coop early each morning so your hens have a clean nest to lay eggs in

  16. Jennifer says:

    We reuse plastic cups from restaurants for all kinds of sorting and proportion rationing for our animals and their feed and supplies.

  17. Lori says:

    Wish I had a great tip but all I can really say is do general cleaning OFTEN.. everyday if you can. I rake out the coop at least every other day. I cant stand a nasty coop 🙂

  18. Deb Johnson says:

    When checking for eggs I will remove any solid waste. At least once a week I change all the bedding in the coop. Our coop is an A frame with a run build off to one side. The top of the A frame is enclosed with a ladder leading up. We can open the coop from the other side without going into the coop so cleaning and egg collecting is very easy. Our compost is right next to our coop, so all the bedding goes right into our compost. I loved reading about your product, and would love to try it out.

  19. Staceylee Longmore says:

    I just want to thank you for all that you are doing. You have inspired me and this week I started my edible garden, compost pile, and the chickens are next on the list.
    Peace and Blessings to you all.

  20. Laurie says:

    A good shovel and a nearby compost bin are important. I know that since we got the chickens our soil has greatly improved.

  21. Leslie Leon-Cremeens says:

    Everyday when I open the coop up to let the girls (and boys)out to free-range our property, I take a broom and brush down the roosts, the nesting boxes, their walkway, and around their food and water containers. We use an old garden shed for their coop and the shed doors open into a pen, I push out the older bedding and poop into the pen, and then use a rake to rake the remaining bedding throughout the shed (and add more bedding if needed.) I also scoop out their nesting boxes daily if needed and add fresh bedding. I’ve been waiting for my husband to make a door for them to just come straight out of their coop without having to go through the area where we keep the food and supplies, until he does they have access to all areas, which I really don’t like, so I have to clean constantly. I always have a rake, shovel and broom available for everyday cleaning!

  22. Leslie Leon-Cremeens says:

    I shared on my facebook wall!

  23. Leslie Leon-Cremeens says:

    I shared on Twitter as well 😉!/Marsailiquilts/status/178887762383081472

  24. Sally says:

    The coop floor directly below the roost is rabbit wire. The manure can drop through to a bed of leaves below the coop and be shoveled into a compost area. The wire provides ventilation which helps with ammonia odors.

  25. Angie Case says:

    Looking forward to turkeys this spring to combat our grasshopper situation! I’ve raised chickens before though and regular upkeep is extremely important. A clean flock is a healthy flock, is a happy flock!

  26. Amanda says:

    we don’t have any chickens YET. But we are in the process of building our coop. We have A LOT to learn!

  27. brian barry says:

    winner winner chicken dinner

  28. Shireen says:

    Since everyone seems to have given great cleanup tips, I thought I’d comment on composting chicken manure for those who are new to raising chickens … yes, their manure is excellent fertilizer for your garden, but if used too soon, it can kill your plants. It is high in nitrogen and needs months of composting with bedding and water and rotating to mellow that and make it more suitable for use.

    Enjoy your site!

  29. rebecca huff says:

    I use the deep litter method– and use DE all the time!

  30. c says:

    I use the deep litter method for my poultry. I use whatever is available for free at the time along with straw. So fall brings leaves if they are collected and baged dry. Spring and summer brings weeds pulled daily from each section of the yard as I work my way accross the yard each week. The weeks serve as food , litter and deodorizer due to the chlorophyll. For cleaning up faster I have found a level, solid floor is a huge help as well as using natural paint on the walls. This is easier to wash ( when needed which is 2x/year) faster to dry and harbours fewer mites than natural wood.

  31. sandra mathis says:

    I hope all is well with you all. Are you coming back to the Atlanta area anytime soon?

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      we’d love to; however, haven’t gotten any recent invites… seems folks don’t have the budget like they used to 🙂

  32. elyse says:

    we’ve had chickens for years and greatly understand the need for sanitation! we would love to win these and give it a try! thanks.

  33. Gail M. says:

    Not everyone will need this, but if you end up with very small pests on your chickens (such as mites), they can be impossible to get rid of. Even if they are gone from your hens they hide in the coop. To “clean” the hens and coop of the mites, diatomaceous earth spread in all cracks and crevasses and on the hens works wonders! It is good to have some diatomaceous earth on hand “just in case”.

  34. Liberty W says:

    We have used the deep litter method with both our flocks and our goats. The straw seems to allow aeration and natural decomposition as matter is worked to the ground.

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  36. Vickie A says:

    I have a specific hand broom and pan hanging outside my chickens’ run. I also have a pair of gloves, organic spray cleaner, paper towel roll and sack right next to their feed bin in a small box. If you are organized it drastically cuts down on the time in cleaning/maintaining the run and coop.

  37. Karen says:

    My husband and I have been raising chicken, geese, rabbits and turkeys for years. We clean out all the coops every week so it gets exhausting sometimes. We finally smartened up. How do I keep my animals clean? Every other week we hire the kids down the street to clean them! It’s now become only half the work for us! We pay them $10 a week for a thorough cleaning. They love the money and spending time with the animals (especially the babies). We are happy to have the help so we can get other things done. The animals are still getting cleaned every week and they don’t seem to have a problem who is in their coop doing it.

  38. Stacy~Creativemuse says:

    We have a DOG doo Composter. We made it out of a Galvanized trash can drilled many holes in it. added organic enzymes and microbes to help digest it. We have chickens too and they love Straw when that is soiled it goes into the compost bin. I keep trying to grow pretty plants around them but they like to eat them. I am about to re position a Strawberries and Cream rose she’s thornless and so pretty it will drape over the coop and hide our neighbors camper. I will also leave me the spot where the rose was to start my pear tree Belgium fence.