I wore myself out today. I went in and took all the chicks out of the brooder house and put them in bins. Then I took down the panel fronts in the brooder house and shoveled all the old shavings and stuff out of all the pens. Then I vacuumed up what I could. Next I used the hose and washed down the entire inside. Then came the water with the disinfectant and deodorizer in it. I spread that around and scrubbed with a broom. Then I rinsed and vacuumed up the water. I had 4 bag trash barrels full of shavings I wrestled onto a two wheeler and then dumped where my garden is supposed to go. I lost 2 chicks any way. Some of the smallest ones got in their waterer and got either drowned or chilled. I have a handful more that got wet and they are in the hatcher warming up. Then I lost one of my meaties. I have no idea why unless the other chicks trampled her in the bin. She was one of the smaller ones. I got the waterers and the bases all scrubbed and the feeders clean. The place should be clean and disease free. It's really hard to find an opportunity when I can move the chicks out and do a thorough cleaning like that. The chick dust was so heavy in there it couldn't have been real healthy for them. All that shoveling and stuff did a number on my back. I have a bunch of new chicks to move in there tomorrow and I know they will have a nice clean place to go. I'm thinking of selling all of my silkies. I only got them because everyone was asking for them. They aren't very impressive ones. All I have is blacks. It's just one more pen to feed and water. I may have 7 or so of them. I'm not even sure. Anyone interested let me know. I won't ask much for them cause they sure aren't show stock.