Cleaning a dirt floor coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by smileygreen64, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. smileygreen64

    smileygreen64 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to chickens, and my wife and I just bought a house with some room in the country and it had a coop there already. The coop is about 10x30 and has a dirt floor. Does anyone have any advice on cleaning a dirt floor coop? How often do you clean it? I have 12 bantams and six brahmas in there right now.
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    My coop has a dirt floor. The dirt gets compacted from the chickens walking on it, so I can just take a hoe and easily scrape up the top layer of poop and put it in the compost pile. You can do it every day, every other day or once or twice a week, just don't go too long without cleaning it. The more often you clean it the easier it is to do.
     
  3. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Do have have any covering over the dirt? Like hay or pine shavings or anything? That is a really big space for just the coop. Congratulations! Personally, I wouldn't leave it just dirt. I would have some covering over it, at least under the roosts, that will help absorb some of the chicken waste. I use pine shavings from Tractor Supply. They cost about $5 per bag and help keep the smell down. Turn them over every few days and clean it all out a couple times a year.
    If you are set on just plain dirt, you are going to have to rake it out almost daily to keep the coop from smelling bad. At least that's my opinion.
     
  4. smileygreen64

    smileygreen64 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been using oak leaves as bedding. I have a tons of leaves. I have been adding a few buckets full when it gets looking thin and letting them scratch and spread it around. I couldn't find anything about cleaning a dirt floor coop and just wanted to make sure I wasn't messing up. Thanks for the advice.
     
  5. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Leaves are good because they will break down faster and eventually make new dirt. Just clean it when the smell gets too bad.
     
  6. Little Fuzzy

    Little Fuzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lucky you with all those leaves, I have to buy shavings.
     
  7. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 2 coops now. One is 10x20 (used to be 2 coops) & the other is 10x10. Both are dirt floors. I clean my coops once a year, in the Spring. I take everything out and put it all in the runs. I let that sit over the Summer, then put what I need on my garden. The only time you can smell chicken poo is when a chicken passed a fresh one.

    In my coops, I put leaves, pine straw and sometimes shavings. I use shavings for my nest boxes so when they need cleaning, I just dump the shavings out on the floor and add fresh. My chickens love to dig through the leaves. By doing so, they keep the litter all stirred up so it never smells.

    For the runs, I also put leaves, pine straw, garden waste & cut grass in them. Keeps the runs from getting nasty from the dirt, rain & poo.

    Go ahead and put several wheelbarrow full of leaves in the coop. Your chickens will enjoy it!

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