Best Way to Sanitize a Used Coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wsdareme, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. wsdareme

    wsdareme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm buying a small used coop (4'wx2'dx4'h) from a craigslist ad today. I'm going to use it inside my walk-in coop, initially to put my 2 month old chicks in (they're getting tired of the brooder), and eventually to use as a breeding pen so I can sell some fertile eggs from my Marans pairs.

    How should I go about sanitizing it? It's made of wood, but I'm guessing I should still use a bleach/water solution and spray it top to bottom. What ratio of bleach to water should I use, and how long do I have to wait before I can put the young birds in it? I don't want to use so much bleach that it leaves a residue that might harm the chicks, but I do want to make sure I kill all the 'bugs'. Or is there something better to use than bleach and water? [​IMG]
     
  2. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would used 1cup bleach /gallon to water than let it dry out in the sun . then i would used my pressure washer to wash it once again let it dry then put my chicks in it.
    after that uses pressure washer only
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2010
  3. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    What Sunflowerenvy said- the baking in the sun will help a lot to freshen it and remove the bleach odor. Or at least it did for me!
     

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