Cleaning the Coop
Cleaning the coop is every important to the health of chickens. We do a big monthly cleaning and a smaller scale weekly cleaning.
For the weekly cleaning routine I take a bucket into the coop and with a gloved hand, pick manure out of the laying boxes. Keeping the manure out of the coop helps make sure the eggs stay clean. It also makes the boxes more appealing to lay in. Our boxes are so appealing that when the girls free range they all come back to the coop to lay. Once all the manure is in the bucket I add bedding to the boxes that need it. Keeping the boxes cushy with bedding prevents eggs from being broken. I then rake the floor of the coop and the run and shovel the manure into the bucket. Now you have a bunch of manure you can compost it or make manure tea out of.
For the extensive cleaning I pull everything out of the coop and run. I spray the feed and water bowls with vinegar and let them set. With gloved hands and a mask I scrape out the boxes removing all the bedding. I then spray the boxes, curtains and all wood surfaces with coop cleaner. I take the curtains out for a washing every three months or so.
~This is the coop all scraped out and sprayed down.
While the coop is drying I load up all the old bedding into the wheelbarrow. I either use it around the plants or I compost it. Once the run is all cleaned up and the coop is dry I add food grade Diatomaceous Earth to the boxes and the ground. When you do this make sure your chickens are out of the area and wear a mask. The secrete to distributing the DE easily was given to me by my neighbor. Put the DE in a plastic condiment bottle, when you squeeze the bottle a controllable stream comes out.
After that I add new bedding and put everything back into the coop and run. I also will hang up a bird block or bring out a snack for the girls cause they get a little stressed out by all the commotion.
This is the finished product…a clean coop. This time we also sealed in the floor under the boxes and added a ramp to help the girls be able to get to the top left four boxes. They didn’t use them before because they are too hard to get into. They use the roost to get to the right top four.
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