cobwebs in the coop

jeansweezey

Chirping
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Is it good or bad to have cobwebs hanging from the ceiling of the coop? I like to keep my coop neat and clean and would get rid of them if they are not doing any good. I have 32 chickens and clean the coop and nesting boxes and spray it down once a week.
 

IamRainey

Crowing
Aug 22, 2017
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I hear ya! Cobwebs and DUST!!!

I surveyed everyone I knew about what colors to choose painting the coop & run. Picked a lovely 4-color combo that just tickled my heart. 2 years later, it's hard to even make them out...

Every once in a while I take a stick into the coop & run and knock down as many as I can. Outside in the run I hose things down sometimes at night. The girls are gone and not terrified by it but I can't really see what I'm getting and what I'm not.

The cobwebs bother me but I don't see that they really bother the hens. And if they're doing anything detrimental I haven't seen it...
 

DiYMama540

Crossing the Road
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Sounds like you're doing all that you can do...chalk it up to another one of those perks of chicken keeping!:D...My coop stays looking like a crazy mess...even after I've just cleaned it!
 

Noellereagan

Songster
Jun 20, 2018
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I find that If you knock them down frequently for 3 or four times in a row- they don’t come back so quickly anymore. Versus once a year and they’re back in a week. Not sure why. An old farmer once told me this about a rabbit barn. I thought he was crazy. But soon learned it’s very true. I don’t get many cobwebs. Dust on the other hand... that’s another story entirely. Drives me crazy!
 

IamRainey

Crowing
Aug 22, 2017
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Trying that from this moment forth, Noellereagan! Fingers crossed!

Just came back from the coop. Went over every bit I could reach (I'm short) with a long-handled brush -- inside and out of the coop and the run. Took a stick to the parts I couldn't. It now looks like some blizzaro sort of Halloween cotton candy! ....but I left the cobwebs intact on it because it grabs onto them much better with that sticky, dusty surface.

Took a few go-rounds since there were things I couldn't see from the inside and things I couldn't see from the outside. But I'm pretty sure now that I got it all.

My plan is to give a quick go-round and touch up every 2 days for 2 weeks and then watch what happens.

Thanks for the tip, Noellereagan!

I continue to marvel at the amount of information that's available around here!
 

MANNA-PRO

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