Wait-What!?also wash down the wood chips.
I just spray them with a power sprayer, they are the Flyte so fancy wood chips for chicken runs, I’m not sure if you thought I put them in the coop haha. Thank you, that seems like a great method!Wait-What!?
Using liquid in a coop is never a good idea, dry chicken coops are healthy chickens coops.
But how the heck do you 'wash' wood chips?
-I use poop boards under roosts with thin(<1/2") layer of sand/PDZ mix, sifted daily(takes 5-10mins) into bucket going to friends compost.
-Scrape big or wet poops off roost and ramps as needed.
-Pine shavings on coop floor, add some occasionally, totally changed out once or twice a year, old shavings added to run.
- My runs have semi-deep litter(cold composting), never clean anything out, just add smaller dry materials on occasion, add larger wood chippings as needed.
Aged ramial wood chippings are best IMO.
-Nests are bedded with straw, add some occasionally, change out if needed(broken egg).
There is no odor, unless a fresh cecal has been dropped and when I open the bucket to add more poop.
That's how I keep it 'clean', have not found any reason to clean 'deeper' in 7 years.
Well, it wasn't real clear.I just spray them with a power sprayer, they are the Flyte so fancy wood chips for chicken runs, I’m not sure if you thought I put them in the coop
Still wonder about power washing wood chips in a run...I change the bedding once a week and also wash down the wood chips.
That’s a lovely coop! We have 6 chickens so I just tend to clean it out weekly but not sure if I was cleaning it too often.When my coops are at capacity, I clean weekly, half capacity biweekly. No poop boards here. View attachment 2278570
My coops are small 7 and 6 LF chickens. The 7 chicken coop shown currently has 3 chickens, so gets cleaned every 2 weeks.
My chickens only eat and sleep in the raised coops. They have a partially covered run and under coop protection from the elements. View attachment 2278576
I thoroughly clean nests monthly, or immediately if soiled or an egg breaks. GC
I’m just following the instructions on the pack for the wood chips. I rake it all about several times a week too.Well, it wasn't real clear.
Still wonder about power washing wood chips in a run...
....because poop and water usually equals stink.
Where does all the water go?
Got pics of your run?