how do you clean a chicken coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sandrachx, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. Sandrachx

    Sandrachx Songster

    Oct 16, 2007
    Chelsea, MI
    looking for ideas of how to clean the coop -
    my coop is on dirt (hoping to change to cement floor this year)
    use deep litter method - stir up weekly
    use poop tray under roosting poles to keep floor area cleaner
    clean/empty poop trays 1x month
    nesting boxe litter changed every 6-8 weeks
    use DE on roosting poles/large branches

    i keep thinking there is a "proper" way and not sure if i'm doing it.
  2. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    I dont know if there is a "proper way" to clean a coop in all honesty but here's what I do:

    Rake the coop every other day (they have a dirt floor plus play sand).

    Add DE once a week (as needed) to the sand to help with smell and dry the droppings out, help with mites, bugs, etc.

    Rake the dropping board every morning, then stir the shavings underneath up to mix in the droppings so they can dry (also have DE in the shavings under the dropping board)

    Add a few handfuls of new pine shavings once a week to main coop floor and nesting boxes (and it has DE in there as well) and mix them up (I too use DLM).

    Sanitize their food and water bowls twice a week, but wash them every day to keep them clean and healthy.

    Change the litter completely in the coop/nesting box about 2-3 months or so (or as needed) even using DLM because they tend to get it a bit stinky and I dont like all the DE and dust when they fluff and scratch. I sanitize completely each time I do this inside the coop to ensure I get everything clean (my entire coop comes apart).

    In the spring/summer - the girls sleep outside on their outdoor roosts, so I also clean those as needed and wipe them down.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You clean it whatever way works for you [​IMG] REally, there is no right and wrong. There are a zillion ways to do it, each appropriate in its own situation.

    So, pick something that seems sensible. Do it. Did you like it? Keep doing it. Think it needs to be done differently next time? Do it differently next time, see how that works for you. Lather rinse repeat til you find you've settled into a routine that works for you [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. supermommy

    supermommy Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    central ny
    If you dont mind me asking what is DE?
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    DE is Diatomatious Earth and it's a fine white powder that will help control mites, bugs, worms and keep things dry for you. Don't confuse it with regular DE sold at the pool stores. The kind you are looking for you can find at and its wonderful stuff! [​IMG] Most of us use it here I think.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2009

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