Cleaning dos and donts ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Country3883, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. Country3883

    Country3883 Chirping

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    So what's the dos and donts of cleaning a coop do I just pass a water house or hit it with fabuloso?
     
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    No and No....LOL
    Wet chicken poop smells horrible.
    You would want to keep it as dry as possible, not just for the smell, but to prevent mold and what ever else growing in it.
    Usually some type of bedding is laid in the coop and the bedding can be replaced with it gets nasty.
     
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  3. Country3883

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    No bedding in my coop
     

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  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    You are probably going to need to invest in some type of scraper..to scrape the poop off when it builds up then.
     
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  5. Country3883

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    Will a mason trial work?
     
  6. Texas Kiki

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    Anything that you have laying around that can scrape, i would think would work just fine.
    It might be a trial and error kind of job.
    try different things..you will find something that works.
     
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    I use deep bedding, and shovel it out twice or three times each year, and scrape the 'big hunks' out then. My old wood coop would melt if I tried to wash it out! Mary
     
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  8. Country3883

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    Thanks
     
  9. ChickenMammX4

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    Same here, never use water in my coop. Shovel out the bedding twice a year, use a blower to get the cobwebs then put down new bedding.
     
  10. So far with my small flock of 7 which I started in April I have not cleaned coop at all. Deep litter method on dirt floor, open design lots of ventilation I have had no smells. I do scrape off the roost here and there. I add timothy hay and pine flakes, it is on a base of about 4-6 inches wood chips from the tree service. It can go over a foot deep the way I am set up. Last week I started getting boxes of produce trimmings from the local market which is getting some green in the mix. I am guessing I will clean it out in the fall of 2018 for the first time, put it in the garden to finish composting for spring and start over.
    I am not about to clean out the coop once a week or once a month, this needs to be low maintenance for me!

    Gary
     
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