Cleaning the coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by houseofclucks, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. houseofclucks

    houseofclucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all! How often do you clean your coop? I have 5 young hens/pullets and I was wondering if I should be scooping the poop out on a daily basis, or should I let it ferment in there until the entire coop needs to be cleaned? I feel bad if they are sleeping in a coop with poop in it. The coop is modeled after a chicken tractor design. It is not a coop I can walk into and clean. I have about a 11/2" of pine wood shavings on the floor, and there is a wood roost bar that runs the lenth of the coop. Thanks for any thoughts on the matter.
     
  2. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We clean ours daily of any overnight poop. Under the perches we have a dropping tray which sometimes needs replacing the shavings, plus we use DE on the perches and under them.
     
  3. houseofclucks

    houseofclucks Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't mean to sound stupid, but what is DE?
     
  4. Gracefulspice

    Gracefulspice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 hens and I clean up their poop every morning because it's easy. It's all in one location. I do spot cleaning when I get home from work (early aftrenoon) and spot clean again after dinner. It does not smell at all. And also helps keep the shaving nice and fluffy. I think they like the floor for nesting better at this point cause I never find eggs in the nesting boxes. [​IMG] They dug themselves 2 nests. And I find them laying in them just to rest sometimes.

    Yea...and what is DE? [​IMG]
     
  5. akcskye

    akcskye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would assume DE may mean diatomaceous (sp?) earth??
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    DE is Diatomaceous Earth...it's made from the exoskeletons from little critters that are from the water...
    We use it for a pesticide and a wormicide...I know that's not the correct name, but I was too lazy to spell antihelminthic.
    If you put it in the dustbathing wallows, that will help keep away mites and fleas.
    If you give them a treat that's a wormer too, mix up some yogurt, DE and applesauce.
    I have house chickens that I scoop poop for every day and they get a full cleaning once a month with new newspapers and a clean tarp, windows done too...
     

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