Frequency of cleaning?

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  1. SteveO27

    SteveO27 New Egg

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    About how often would I have to clean the coop/run If I were to get a Chicken Coop with about a 12sq ft coop with a overall run size of 27sq ft housing 3 chickens? Would I have to do daily cleaning, weekly, or monthly? How often would I have to change bedding? If I do get chickens they will most likely be in the coop run most of the time. I read if chickens are mainly kept in the coop/run they need at least 10sq ft per bird. I'm just trying to get an idea of what I would be getting myself into. I appreciate any insight. Thank You.
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. The frequency of cleaning depends on a number of factors, including the type of bedding, your climate, drainage (for the run) etc etc. I converted a shed as my coop and I use dry grass clippings (around 8" deep) as bedding under the roosts. I simply rake it over everyday (literally a 15 second job) and replace the whole bedding and give the coop a thorough clean usually once every 6 months (or when it begins to smell). I'm not sure how this or what is called the "deep litter" approach could be factored into a small coop. The best place to ask would be this forum - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance and please include your general location (you can put this under your avatar, as it will be useful for future questions that you may have).

    Best wishes
    CT
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! CTKen gave you some great advice!
     

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