advise needed for a dirty coop caution long!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kacey's Krazee's, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Kacey's Krazee's

    Kacey's Krazee's Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure I am posting this in the correct location, so if needed please move to where it belongs.
    I have raised some chicks for a friend, we are splitting the flock here very shortly. My new coop isn't large enough to hold 24 adult birds. We originally were going to split them 12 and 12. Well my DH knows I am having problems with giving up the girls. Not only due to affection that has started with raising them, but also due to the coop they are going to end up at. My husband did some electrical work for our friend, and charged him 5 hens. So instead of 12, he is getting 7. He also already has 5 hens and a rooster who are older. okay now the problem.
    His coop is about 35-40 years old. The floors are wood, and I can't begin to tell you the last time they were cleaned, if ever. He has raised pigeons, turkeys and chickens in this location over the years. Maybe others as well. The boards have begun to rot, and other boards have been laid on top of those. It appears the rooster has mites on his legs, and their molt has been lasting for a long time now.
    maybe since July? I know his birds and his coop are not well. He is out of town for most of this week, and my DH wants the chicks to be moved to his coop, to give our girls their space when he returns. My problem is, I want to do something quick and complete to help with the probable mites and other issues in the coop before they get there. He isn't planning on putting them together for now, but they are going to be placed in the location the original flock is in currently.
    They will be moved to the other side of a fence in the same coop until they merge together. I have heard that the DE is not good to use to kill bugs that are there already. So, what should I be using to clean, and kill the mites, lice or whatever maybe living there, that shouldn't. I can let the original flock out to freerange during the day I/we are cleaning it. Should I get a heavy bleach/water mix and spray it all over the boards and try to get inbetween them with it?
    Please advise, as I would love to get busy on doing something positive, not only for the new birds, but to make life nicer for his poor birds right now.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have time, this is what I would do. Clean as much as you can with a 10:1 bleach solution. Mix agricultural lime with water to whitewash the entire thing. The DE will work for mites/lice/etc...I believe what you are thinking of is it will not help with internal parasites if they are already there. So you can sprinkle that around and even dust the birds with it after the whitewash is dry.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Kacey's Krazee's

    Kacey's Krazee's Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the 10/1 ratio... is that 10 parts water or bleach? would you also know if the wood was still wet with the mixture, if the chickens could come back in ? the coop is 3 sided, with the front completly wired.
     
  4. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Its 10 parts water and 1 part bleach.

    I would wait as long as possible before putting the birds back in, but that ratio shouldnt hurt them at all if its still a bit damp.

    Dusting with DE is a perfect way to get rid of mites/lice.

    Best of luck in getting them set up at their new home.
     

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