How do I clean a wooden chicken coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Lillyk24, May 22, 2017.

  1. Lillyk24

    Lillyk24 Out Of The Brooder

    38
    1
    44
    Mar 2, 2016
    Hi there, can anyone help me? I am still new to chickens, started last year with them, and I want to thoroughly clean their coop out, can I use water and bleach to clean and kill anything in there (besides the chickens)? It's a wooden coop so I am concerned of rot or mold, but I thought if its a nice day out I can power wash it out completely, but is this a bad idea?

    Thanks for any advice!
     
    The Angry Hen likes this.
  2. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Overrun With Chickens

    2,559
    7,792
    386
    Dec 17, 2016
    Maine. Yah, Anotha Mainah!
    That is actually a good idea.
    Make sure you don't wear nice clothes though! ;)

    Take a broom and a bucket...
    Put 60% water and 40% bleach in there.
    Rub the coop with the bleach broom.

    The only con is you have to let it dry overnight.
    (Unless it's in the sun) then all day.

    Good idea again!
    I hope this helps!

    -The Angry Hen
     
    theoldchick likes this.
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

    5,000
    1,197
    366
    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    Bleach and water mixed does a good job to kill bacteria etc. Sure you can pressure wash it if its built out of material that the water will not hurt and if you do that---open it up and let it dry quick as possible---even a fan blowing in it is good.
     
    The Angry Hen likes this.
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    28,893
    5,685
    576
    May 11, 2010
    Also be sure to protect your lungs with a mask, and your eyes with goggles. Since I have metal and wood coops I use a mixture of lysol diluted with water as per directions and add a teaspoon or two of Dawn for extra sudsing action and scrub away with a broom. I also use a fan to decrease drying time. Afterwards I take a long shower....;)
     
    The Angry Hen likes this.
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    7,738
    2,275
    416
    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I have an old wooden coop, that would probable melt if I really tried to scrub it out, so I don't. I scrape out the 'big hunks' and rebed the shavings, and call it good enough. I also have a flock that is healthy, and have never had to depopulate and start over. :fl Mary
     
  6. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,041
    230
    151
    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    Same here:thumbsup

    We do use a portable blower to get the dust and cobwebs out.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by