how do you clean the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Handyhens, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. a few times a year

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  2. once a week

    6 vote(s)
  3. once a month

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  4. once a day

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  1. Handyhens

    Handyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2014
    Kirkland, WA
    I clean it about one time a week, and I know people that clean it a few times a year. What is your method?
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Well, I have two coops. My cleaning schedule differs with each coop.

    One coop is small, and only houses 4 large fowl layer chickens. They have access to a run, and also spend lots of time free ranging within a fenced area during the day. I usually have a layer of 1-2 inches of pine shavings in that coop, and clean it out completely once a week.

    I also have another, larger coop that houses about 20 bantam chickens. Some of the birds have access to an outdoor run, and some do not. With that coop, I keep a layer of at least 4-6 inches of shavings on the floor at all times. I only clean out that coop 1-2 times a year, though I do add more shavings to freshen things up several times each year.

    With both coops, there is little smell, and I haven't had any serious mite/lice problems.
  3. bekahubbell

    bekahubbell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2014
    Alpine, CA
    I do mine once a week. Mine isn't very large and they have a run below and free range in a fenced area most of the day. I remove the wood bottom to just the wire and hose it out. Once dried I use a refresh spray I made up to help with the smell and flies. Then I put some shavings in there, although they seem to kick most of them out by the end of the week.
  4. Lockdown199

    Lockdown199 Out Of The Brooder

    I use sand and I scoop it out every other day. The fenced in run i clean every Sunday.
  5. Boulla

    Boulla Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2014
    I have a tin floor that I squeegee then sweep once a week [​IMG]
  6. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    I have two coops, one with a cement floor and the other with a plywood floor, I use pine shavings in both, about two inches or a little deeper. They are 12 x 20 feet and 10 x 14 feet in size, the larger coop with the cement floor has 21 birds, my just started laying flock in it. The other has 59 little Banty birds, seven weeks old now. I have been changing the shavings about every month or so. I like clean, dry coops without smell. I do a quick morning pickup in the hens coop and nothing for my Bantys, they are still too small to make much of a mess. I do use a fair amount of scratch, to employ the birds to keep the shavings turned for me. A couple of times a year I run an air hose out to the coops and also do a blow out with air, to get the dust off the walls and floors. When I can see the cobwebs in a coop, a good blow out is soon to follow.

    Best to you and your birds,

  7. Wyandotte103

    Wyandotte103 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2012
    My henhouse
    Hello. I was wondering if you had any advice on how to persuade my dad to let me build a chicken coop. I currently have my flock of 8 in an old railroad car on our property, and as it is growing mold and full of holes, I am trying to persuade my dad to let me/ help me to build another coop. Any suggestions?
  8. drmusic

    drmusic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2013
    Sterlington LA
    Quote: What are your dad's objections?
  9. Papas Chickens

    Papas Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2014
    Dateland Arizona
    I clean my coop and run twice a month, both the coop and run is sand and clay flooring so I just scrape the roosts and nest boxes then do a light rake up of the floor and add the pile to my compost. A railroad car makes a amazing coop for chickens, if it is getting moldy and has holes I would just make a temporary coop and referbish the railroad car it wouldnt take to much time or money to do so. Just clean it out put some fresh plywood on the walls, roof and floor throw on some water proofing or paint and set it back up, easy peesey.
  10. drmusic

    drmusic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2013
    Sterlington LA
    I agree with Papas Chickens that a railroad car would make an awesome coop. If it can be refurbished you will get a lot more bang for the buck. I just spent about $200 (probably more) on a 5x8 ark for my 4 chickens. My next door neighbors probably spent more than twice that on a coop for their 7. Neither of us has nearly as much room as a railroad car.

    My guess is that the holes and mold are due to water leaks. Your first step is probably to seal the roof.

    Good luck!

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