Frequency of cleaning?


May 8, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
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.

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jan 30, 2015
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 - 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

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Aug 26, 2009
Out to pasture

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