Chicken coop cleaning

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

  1. Poultry finder

    Poultry finder Just Hatched

    Jun 1, 2016
    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

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    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

    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    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 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


  4. Bananabread

    Bananabread Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2016
    Bay Area
    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.

  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    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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