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Cleaning Old Coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mylilchix, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    I just bought an old playhouse to convert into a coop. It was used for kids, and then a dog lived in it. How do I disinfect to make sure it will be safe for my chickens?


  2. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    I have heard of mixing mostly water with some bleach in it and power washing. Just make sure you can keep the windows open until it completely dry and have plenty of time to air it out before your chickens get there.
  3. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Thanks for the help. The chickens are inside right now and can stay there for a while. I just want to make sure their new home is 100% clean before they move in.

  4. countrygirl_247

    countrygirl_247 In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2008
    I would scrub it with soap & then mix some bleach & water & put it in a spray bottle & spray your coop down then let dry. Hope that helps.[​IMG]
  5. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Quote:Yes, I know what you mean. I almost bought a used coop on craigslist but was afraid it may still carry disease so I didn't get it. Then I heard of the bleach water trick after. That should do the trick. Mine are inside now too and I can't wait to get them out into the coop where I know they are happy!
  6. Use a 10% bleach solution in a garden sprayer. It is a good idea to do this once a year. Gut the coop of all litter and spray it down. This is cheap insurance. When you set the coop up, make it easy to clean. You will not regret it, and a clean coop means healthy chickens.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Plus which, other than worm eggs I don't think there's much of anything that your chickens could get from a dog anyhow [​IMG]

    Have fun,


  8. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

  9. laurenlulu

    laurenlulu Songster

    Feb 5, 2009
    I have bought two rabbit hutches that I'm going to turn into coops- One is really nice and clean- it won't need much more than a wash with bleach, but the other one (was free- so cant complain) Is crusted up with rabbit poop and urine that has been there a long time. Is there any special dangers to that? I will clean it and scrub it well and follow these tips... but I'm just hoping there's no lingering rabbit poop/chicken death viruses lingering...
  10. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I would probably also spray it for mites and bugs, too. There are several sprays available that are safe for chickens.

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