Cleaning Chicken Poop In Coop!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by eeiko321, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. eeiko321

    eeiko321 Songster

    Sep 1, 2008
    hi guys

    whats the best ways to clean a chicken coop from POOP?
    and how often should it be done?

    thanks guys
  2. sussexgal

    sussexgal Songster

    Are you talking about general cleaning or sanitizing?
  3. We have a Playhouse Coop and the bottom has a 2-3 layer of pine shavings. Once a week I just pick out the poo to compost it and the toss the shavings in a differentcompost pile because they take a long time to break down. The flat surfaces are scraped with a brush to remove dried poo.

    The top layer of dirt in the run is scraped up and a fresh layer put down.

    DE gets sprinkled on everything. This plan has worked pretty well but then we only hve three.

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  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    We use straw inside and out and we just rake it up and re-do the layer on the ground. We also compost it for our fruit trees. Some weeks they poop WAY more than others too. I have been lucky, my ladies all seem to pee outside....
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  5. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    I 'poo pick' almost daily, using a dust pan and putty knife. I have heard of others wearing rubber gloves to pick it up.
  6. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Step 1. Remove chickens.

    Step 2. Shovel out litter.

    Step 3. Power wash and deck brush with a bleach/water solution.

    Step 4. Air dry.

    Step 5. Insert clean litter.

    Step 6. Insert chickens.

  7. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    Hoosier, I use the same method...but now I'm using a old spatula. It has a longer handle.
  8. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    Thanks for the tip, chickflick!
  9. Portia

    Portia Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    I have a droppings box covered covered with 1/2 inch wire cloth that is below the roosts. I use a hoe to scrape the excess droppings into the box 1x/wk. The box below is filled with straw, once I hoe the droppings down I cover them and the now cleaned wire cloth with DE. I clean the box out every month in the winter, every other in the summer.
  10. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Quote:I used bleach then I read on Estes Hatchery website to not EVER use bleach.
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