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How often do you clean your coop

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Just wondering how often you clean your coop and if someone could explain the deep litter method to me?
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You might find this helpful - it is in the Learning Center along with many other useful articles

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/deep-litter-method-the-easiest-way-to-deal-with-chicken-litter-dlm

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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I have show chickens so the coop is cleaned every day. I have a small scraper and pick up each piece of poop and put it in a container and dump on dead grass spots in the yard. Next I get seven dust and sprinkle it in a corner so mites or lice are prevented. Lastley hay, water, food needs to be cleaned everyday.
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I have 25 birds in a 8'X8'X7' high coop with attached 8'X24'X9' high run. I clean the coop thoroughly every week which includes changing the bedding, removing and scraping/hosing down the roosts and ladders, sweeping the run, and applying DE to the new bedding. Like Southern Ann I change the water twice a day (in the AM before work and after I get home), and make sure to clean any debris out of their feed troughs. To me cleanliness is next to Godliness, and the gals seem to appreciate it quite a bit. So far I haven't had any problems with lice or anything but I've only been chickenin' since January so it's a little early to tell whether this schedule will work over the long haul. Hopefully it will.

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I have a 12x7 covered, deep litter run and a 5x7 coop with a poop tray under the roost and a deep layer of shavings, leaves and dried grass on the floor. I haven't cleaned out my run since I started deep litter over a year ago. I did spray down the whole run this spring with the garden hose. I spend about a minute a day scooping the poop board but I haven't cleaned the coop since October, I think, and I probably won't until October again.
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