Cleaned the coop Been a Year

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 7L Farm, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do daily poop management & add hay to their nest boxes that's it. My chickens do free range.My coop's floor is sand with pine shavings. I get the rake & a bucket. start raking up the shavings & notice they still look new. Finally, get them all out & the whole time I'm telling myself the shavings look perfectly fine.
    But I wanted to add some more sand to even the floor out. So, I added more sand, added some DE ,& new pine shavings. Cleaned the roost with Clorox's & swept the spider webs away. Moral to the story I think I'll wait longer next year I swear the shavings looked almost brand new after a year.
    OK , its done well here comes the gang their all huddled by the door BOK BOK & sounds I'd never heard before but they wouldn't go in. One thing is for sure chickens hate things to be changed.
     
  2. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoa![​IMG] thats strange...[​IMG]
     
  3. kimisfishing

    kimisfishing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been wondering when I need to change the straw in mine. They have only been in there 2 weeks, but I do not want them sick or in a dirty house LOL [​IMG] and how do I do poop control [​IMG]
     
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This will probably gross you out but you asked. I want all the poop I can get for my garden. So, I wear rubber gloves & pick it up everyday & add it to my compost pile. Thats the reason why my shavings were so clean. It takes about 2 minutes everyday but it sure keeps the coop clean & there's never been an odor from the coop.
     
  5. roachman

    roachman Out Of The Brooder

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    yea I thought I was the only martha stewart to do that takes me 3 min, to clean it up too [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. kimisfishing

    kimisfishing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That was (kinda) my plan. I am lazy so was going to just wait a while and put the straw and all in the compost pile [​IMG]
    Will that work? Or do I really have to get the poo out of the straw?[​IMG]
     
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That will work but to me that would be more work. I just bring a bucket in the coop & put the gloves on & pick it up & throw it in the compost bin. I usually do it later in the day so its firm up by then. I like pine shavings for the floor & hay in the nest boxes.
     
  8. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow. I clean my coop once a week. Old shavings out, new shavings in. Am I crazy? LOL
     
  9. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'd go broke I have 3 coops & there bigggggg!!!
     
  10. fmizula

    fmizula Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my coop gets so wet and yucky especially with all this rain that i dont think it would be reasonable to weight longer than a week. i think everyones situation is different. i only go through 1 bag of shavings every other month at 5$ a bag.
     

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