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I was wondering if anyone could help me with a maintenance question. I have 11 chickens. 7 are adoleceants and the other 4 are adults. I have a run which is probably about 20ft+ a small house, and a large nesting area. Does anyone have any idea how frequently I should clean it and what exactly I should do (shovel, hose down, ect.)? Thanks!
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There are many ways to maintain your coop. If you click on the Learning Center tab at the top of the page, look in the Housing and Feeding your Chickens section. It has several good articles, and links to helpful sections on the Forum

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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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We have 6 (adult) chickens, their coop area is 8' x 9'. There is a poopboard filled with PDZ under the roost that gets sifted out everyday. The coop floor is covered with pine shavings. That's gets changed out twice a year.

The 8' x 16' covered run has a dirt "floor" covered with grass clippings, straw, hay, leaves and pine needles. This gets added to through out the year and gets changed out once a year.

Everything goes to the compost pile/garden.
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Originally Posted by ChickenMammX4 View Post

We have 6 (adult) chickens, their coop area is 8' x 9'. There is a poopboard filled with PDZ under the roost that gets sifted out everyday. The coop floor is covered with pine shavings. That's gets changed out twice a year.

The 8' x 16' covered run has a dirt "floor" covered with grass clippings, straw, hay, leaves and pine needles. This gets added to through out the year and gets changed out once a year.

Everything goes to the compost pile/garden.

I do about the same.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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