How often should I clean out my chicken coop? I will have 10 chickens once I introduce my new chicks into the flock. I have been literally cleaning the coop at least once a month, taking out all the debris and pine shavings, sprinkling everything with dust to keep the mites off of chickens then putting new pine shavings back in on the floor and in the laying boxes. Is this sufficient or am I cleaning it out too much? I notice it beings to smell rather bad, guess that is why I keep changing everything out.