How to disinfect chicken coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PipiOli, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. PipiOli

    PipiOli Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 15, 2011

    I was wondering how to disinfect chicken coop?

    thank you
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Spraying it with a 10% Clorox solution is one of the cheapest, easiest ways
  3. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    Apr 11, 2011
    You can use a scrub down with bleach and water solution or ammonia. READ THE LABELS! I think they even have a cleaner for coops, but it's probably the same stuff. One of the best things after it is scrubbed clean is to let it sit out in sunshine. If you can avoid using it for a couple of months, that helps too.
  4. PipiOli

    PipiOli Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 15, 2011
    Well I was hesitant to use Chlorox. Seems too toxic and harsh... I cannot not use it after. The chickens would go right back after it dries. I was thinking using baking soda and vinegar. I use those two to clean my whole house. I am not fun of big house cleaners that stink. Plus those two are environmentally friendly...
    Just need to check if baking soda or vinegar cannot harm my hens....
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    I'm going to buy some oxine. It sounds like a great product with great reviews. I haven't tried it out yet.
  6. clanreed

    clanreed Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2011
    Valleyford, WA
    There was a study done and published in "Science News" about the effectiveness of using vinegar and hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant.

    All you need is three percent hydrogen peroxide, the same strength available at the drug store for gargling or disinfecting wounds, and plain white or apple cidar vinegar, and a pair of brand new clean sprayers, like the kind you use to dampen laundry before ironing.

    It doesn't matter which you use first - you can spray with the vinegar then the hydrogen peroxide, or with the hydrogen peroxide followed by the vinegar. You won't get any lingering taste of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, and neither is toxic to you if a small amount remains on the produce. As a bonus: The paired sprays work exceptionally well in sanitizing counters and other food preparation surfaces -- including wood cutting boards. In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces when used in this fashion, making this spray combination more effective at killing these potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaner.

    Here is a link to the the entire article

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  7. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    Unless you had some type of parasite, lice, or some other unwanted pest I doubt it really "needs" to be disinfected. I do understand that some people (maybe you?) feel better about disinfecting their coups, but really not necessary.
  8. PipiOli

    PipiOli Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 15, 2011
    Quote:well I actually kind of meant in case there was a disease or parasites in the coop...
  9. chicky17340

    chicky17340 New Egg

    Aug 17, 2012
    I was looking for the same info. I can tell you that I use vinagar and water to rinse my chickens when I wash them so I know that won't hurt them. I haven't heard of using baking soda so not sure about that.
  10. Chad the Chicken Man

    Chad the Chicken Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2009
    Belleville, WI
    wait... you wash your chickens??

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