How often to clean

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gabz44, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. gabz44

    gabz44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2015
    How often do you suggest I clean my coop that has straw with pdz and my run with sand??
    Do I need straw on top of my sand or is just sand ok?
  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps


    Sand and straw are very hard on their feet. It compacts down so much. It's also much harder to clean out their coop. I recommend pine's my favorite. There are so many styles of coop bedding and cleaning routines though! We clean our daily, some people only do it once per month or even once every 6 months with some styles!

    Here is a good article for you to read. I found this at the Learning Center.

    Visit the Learning Center for lots more great advice!
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  3. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2014

    It entirely depends on how big the coop and run are and how many birds you house in it. Two birds in a spacious coop won't need frequent cleaning but 2 dozen birds would need more.

    My coop is about 5x8 feet and my run is 8x12 feet and houses 8 birds. When I used sand and pdz in the coop I cleaned the poop board off and spot cleaned the floor daily. I never liked straw over sand as it formed a mat and the poop just sat on top and the birds walked through it. I scooped poop from the run daily (sometimes twice) and raked it smooth.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Definitely 'depends'.
    I sift out poop boards...could go longer than every other day if they'd spread out instead of crunching all together in half the space provided!

    Pine shavings on floor, total change out once a year.

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