Clean the coop for chicks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by max13077, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. max13077

    max13077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm getting some new chicks in a couple months and I want to be ready for them. I'm moving the 3 hens I have left into a new house I will be building them around the middle of March. They(and a bunch more birds) have lived in the old coop where I plan to put the chicks since last May.

    I know you're not suppose to have chicks and adults near each other. That said, I want to clean the coop out really well before the chicks get here. Other than sweeping and vacuuming all the shavings and dust out, what else should I do? Is there any way to sanitize the walls, floor, etc?
     
  2. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    You should use a solution of bleach and water to wash out the coop.
     
  3. RHewitt

    RHewitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes definantly wash it with bleach and water and let it it dry for several days prior to bringing the new chicks home. If you have a permanent run you may want to put some lime in it while the area is vacant. Lime seems to help freshen up the soil in the run.
     
  4. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use white vinegar in a waterer attched to the hose
    I read its a better germ killer then bleach and safer. Ieven kill my unwanted weeds with it.
     

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