Cleaning Messy coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MonkeyZero, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    How is the easiest way to do it without dismantling. It is dirty, and the leaves packed in as the DLM I used is weird. I'm getting to more pullets and getting rid of my roo. how do you do it.
  2. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    A shovel, a rake, and a good pair of rubber boots!!!
  3. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Yep all of the above and dont forget the dust mask...I wont do it unless I have 1...keeps down the chicken poopy also I have this thing called a it at Wal-mart its basically for chipping ice of sidewalks...looks like a hoe that is great fro scraping all of it off the floor...
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2008
  4. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    With this heat wave, I came home from work yesterday and went to let the girls out, and the amonia smell just about knocked me over!!! I did a full litter change! My coop is 8X16 so it took me 1 1/2 hours to finish it.

    My tools of choice:

    Wheel barro
  5. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    What do you all use as litter. I use straw, it works great but when it comes to cleaning out the coop it is difficult 'cause all the strips are so long, they get tangled(shoulda cut em up)
    Any suggestions?

    And yes this heat is causing a problem.

    I cannot believe all the "stuff" 5 little chickens produce

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  6. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:I use pine shavings- they seem to work well. most of the time I don't even see the poo because I throw food out there they can scratch through and they keep it turned over.
  7. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    I use pine shavings too. Every day or 2 I stir everything with the rake and add more about once a week.
  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Quote:I use pine shavings for litter. I'm also using the deep litter method and so far, so good. I've been new adding pine shavings and food grade Diatomaceous Earth (helps dry up pooh, also a mite/lice preventative) whenever the coop needs it and I'm not dealing with any smell, whatsoever. I've been using the DLM since June '07, will clean the old stuff out in late spring/early summer depending on what the litter looks like.

  9. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I'm trying the DLM method too. Where can I get some DE?
  10. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    I use pine shavings. I have an 8x8 coop and 13 chickens. They have a run about 12x8. I clean with a shovel once a month and it takes me about 15 minutes. Not to much scraping required and I'm lucky as they keep the litter turned but, if they didn't I would recommend a rake.

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