how often do you clean out the coop?

MaureenL128

Songster
9 Years
May 24, 2010
142
1
103
Long Island, NY
if using wood shavings as bedding on the floor, how often do you guys clean out everything and replace it with new shavings? just curious.
 

carrlr

Songster
10 Years
Mar 31, 2010
703
2
164
Southern Illinois
When I used straw it was every couple months and I'd have to remove everything. Now with pine shavings I plan on twice a year (sping/fall). I do add DE and some new shavings once in awhile.
 

CrazyBirdLady

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 20, 2009
89
0
39
Salem / Redgranite
My coop isn't finished yet, but when I finally get chickens I think I'm going to use the deep litter method and clean it every 6 months (March and September, most likely) along with scraping the poop board every day or two.
 

poodlepill

Songster
9 Years
Feb 27, 2010
391
0
119
Southern Illinois
I have cement floor in my coop and use a thin layer of shavings on top (keeps the poop from sticking to the cement) anyway, I clean it out about ever 4 weeks.
 

anbhean

Chirping
9 Years
Jun 3, 2010
134
1
99
Colorado
My floor on the inside run is cement as well so I could probably get away with monthly-- but I do it weekly for now. The outside run though, probably once a month is enough since they just naturally turn it around and mulch it into the chips and dirt. As for the coop and the "deep cleaning"/ mite spraying etc-- I'm thinking I'll do it twice a year, Spring and Fall. Of course I've only had my hens for a few months now... so pretty new and may decide different in the future!
 

toletiquesbysam

Songster
11 Years
Sep 19, 2008
1,711
6
161
Nebraska
Twice a year works well for me too! I do it as soon as a warm weekend hits in early spring and then late fall before Winter approaches I do it again! We have a wood floor and I use wood chips. I use stall dry now PDZ to help with any odors/keep things dry but otherwise use the deep litter method and it works good for us!
 

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