cleaning the coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by love2chicken, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. love2chicken

    love2chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    how often should i clean out the coop and the run i have 8 hens. I have been told i clean it out to much and wasting money. I clean it out about every 2 weeks and the run about the same maybe 3 week at most. I live south of seattle so we get a lot of rain. i put woodchips in the coop and hay in the run to help keep the mud down. any info would help clean more or less thanks
     
  2. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go with your gut. Your coop can never be too clean.
     
  3. vebyrd36

    vebyrd36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I clean mine once a month, but it is HUUUGGGGEEE. [​IMG]
     
  4. mener6896

    mener6896 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have a poop deck (droppings board) under your roosts? This helps keep the wood chips clean under the roosts and you can just scrape it off every day (or whenever you what)
     
  5. dkosh

    dkosh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For me it depends on the weather. If it has been dry it seems the coop stays cleaner and it can go a couple of weeks. If it has been wet and rainy I will do it right when the weather breaks because I don't like having the shavings wet too long in the coop. Have fun and keep your mouth closed when you shovel. [​IMG]
     
  6. love2chicken

    love2chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    cool thanks for the info. any info on the run about the same time. it is covered but gets muddy. is hay ok or should i use some thing different thanks
     
  7. dkosh

    dkosh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well my chickens run the farm with the sheep. I don't have a run. Once a month my husband scrapes the barn area with a loader. They do love to dig in the hay around the sheep feeders so I would think it would be an activity for them if nothing else.[​IMG]
     
  8. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I clean once a week. But that is just my preference. [​IMG]
     
  9. cluckin tractor

    cluckin tractor Chillin' With My Peeps

    ive got ten chooks and 4 chicks and i rarley need to clean mine just the poop is the main thing
    i dont need money to clean it

    if your talking about the run as in the hay i wouldnt worry as the hens will compost it
    generally i pick up odds and ends of the run but mines dirt and most things get groken down or thrown over fence

    litter gets a top up every now and then but when i need organic matter for the garden the chook shed gets most straw removed and replaced


    really if it looks dirty then clean it or you get a desease clean it but it really depends on weather
     
  10. medtec113

    medtec113 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the deep litter meathod. I clean mine once a year. it is a 5x5 coop and a 5x12 run. about once every three months I add additional pine shavings and sprinkle DE throughout. I have no smell at all. no flies in the summer either. One of the best things is I get free compost.
     
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