Chicken coop cleaning

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Poultry finder, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. Poultry finder

    Poultry finder Just Hatched

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    I have a very difficult coop to clean and we live out in the country but our chickens are not free range do to other animals. I usally clean my coop 1-2 times a month and in the 5 years since i have built it i have only power washed it once and my chickens seem fine, but i have tried using wood shavings, straw, sand that you would find in a horse arena, and just hay. I think what works best is the wood shavings because it soakes up any extra water. It also is very easy to clean up. Before i put the bedding down i usually put mite powder down, a chicken coop deodorant and a flea spray in the coop. Then when i put the bedding down i put another thin layer of flea spray and mite powder down
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    I use barn lime before I put down fresh bedding. Soaks up any remaining wetness and dries out parasites.
     
  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    easy to clean was the priority for me when i built my coop/run

    instead of those tiny little doors and built in nest boxes..

    have a 4'x3' door in the back of the coop..the floor of the coop+ perches + nest boxes are removable

    i use pine shavings.. it has a strong natural pine smell that will control the odor and also moisture..

    my coop is pretty easy to clean.. since i only have 5 chickens and their manure tend to be in one spot..so i clean out the coop each day by hands (with gloves).. took me 30 seconds or so

    i only use pine shavings in the coop and half of the run. i don't spray anything in them..

    daily cleaning will help control the # of flies and smell

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  4. Bananabread

    Bananabread Out Of The Brooder

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    I forget which coop plan I saw this in but one of the clever builders on here had used a roll of plastic linoleum for the floor of their coop. I incorporated it into my coop and nest and haven't had a problem cleaning it out over the last 8 months. I combine it with the deep liter method and have been pleasantly surprised at how low maintenance and easy to clean the whole thing is. I put the wheel barrel under the coop door and literally sweep it out. Haven't seen any retained moisture on the flooring.

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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    I don't usually like smaller coops, but yours looks nice, good light and ventilation and well, it just looks comfortable, love your nestboxes.
     

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