How often do you clean out the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sooz, May 16, 2009.

  1. Sooz

    Sooz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    n ireland
    I have 10 chickens and 3 muscovys living in a converted shed which is 6feet by 6feet . I use a mixture of shavings and hay on the floor laid over some old news paper and I clean it all out every week. I was wondering if this was excessive as I read on the forum thatsome people only clen out the coop once a year!
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    Were suppose to clean the coop [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:[​IMG] today is my day!!!
  4. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    I've heard that once a year thing and it just doesn't make any sense! I go in and clean out poop every other day and add fresh straw when it gets low. Even Laura Ingalls Wilder said she cleaned her coop every day. I guess it all depends on how healthy you want your chickens.
  5. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    36 square feet is not large enough for 10 chickens and three ducks.
    Cut it down to six fowl total. Use only a bag of woodchips generously sprinkled every other week with diatomaceous earth. Doing that you should only have to clean your coop every six months at the most. That's presuming that they have a run that's large than the coop and free range part of the day.
  6. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I clean my coops twice a year. Believe me, if there were a smell or any indication of their not being sanitary, the coops, run, chickens, and ME would all be gone immediately. ... you'd just have to know my wife.
    I do empty my poop bins about once a month though. They also get generous amounts of diatomaceous earth.

    EDIT: Get rid of the straw.
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  7. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2008
    I only do it when it starts to get dusty and dirty. My chickens free range during the day so it take a few months
  8. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    It depends greatly on chicken density.

    We have some living quarters that are 7' X 7' with 5 birds that rarely need attention, once every two weeks we clean under the roosts, and add a bit of shavings, it will probably go 6 months befroe a complete cleaning.

    We have other living quarters 7' x 8' that we have been using as a grow out pen that has too many birds in it, and requires attention every two weeks or so.
  9. rigagirl

    rigagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2008
    churchville ny
    I made a deal with my husband, i will clean out coop every week in winter as long as its nice enough for them to go out and he can do it in the summer. [​IMG]. he fell for it! smells worse when its wet out. think he does it every 2-3 weeks.
  10. valmom

    valmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    Our coop is 10x12 and we have 6 full size hens and a bantam roo. I clean it every day- really easy. I use Woody Pet sawdust and sift with a cat litter scoop every day. In the winter when we have hay bales in there to make it warmer, the hay gets all over and it is much harder to clean.

    I know some people like the deep litter method (add clean shavings/hay over the soiled bedding to create heat, especially in the winter) but I could not face the ultimate clean out in the spring.

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