how often do you clean out the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MaureenL128, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. MaureenL128

    MaureenL128 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  2. ray2310

    ray2310 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just cleaned ours today. Only had chickens for a year now but every six months seams to work for me.
     
  3. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Teh same, twice a year, once in July, again in January
     
  5. CrazyBirdLady

    CrazyBirdLady Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  6. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my bird cages I clean once a week. For a full clean, I'll do that 4 times a year for hygiene.
     
  8. poodlepill

    poodlepill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  9. anbhean

    anbhean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!
     
  10. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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