I took the appoarch that my chickens needed to be clean, odorless and limited work for me. This has worked perfect so far.
Feeder: I don't use a chicken feeder. I just toss a handful of feed on the ground in am/pm.
Run: Sand bedding. I use a kitty litter scoop and scoop it out once every other week.
Water:I dump it, rinse it out with the hose and fill it back up. Every other day.
Coop: Has a sheet metal floor. I rinse it off with water once every other week when I deal with the run. Once a month I rinse with water/bleach.
I do put in their water EM (effective microorganisms, basically a liquid probiotic). I also spray down nearly every square inch of their coop and enclosed runs (except the ceilings) with an EM dilution every 4-6 weeks during the warm months of the year. We also do a deep litter method and the EM will contribute to the health of the deep litter rather than being harmed by a sanitizer.
Nobody told me it needed sanitising so I never have. Two years and none of them has caught whatever it is that they could catch from not sanitising???
I'm a great believer in allowing the build up of natural immunity by allowing contact to things ( within reason of course) if you kill all the bacteria around they won't develop natural immunity so any sort of higher than normal contact could be dangerous. A bird with some natural immunity however is at a lot less risk.
This is interesting and I have never heard of this! Do you use the same product in their water and as a dilution to clean? May I ask you to point me in the direction of a specific product? Thanks!
I probably worry for nothing. Just with how much poop is constantly everywhere, I feel like everything is a hazard lol. I clean often but rarely ever sanitize and was more wondering if I should be. Apparently I am just looking for unnecessary work though