How to keep perch's clean?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicken-keeper, May 9, 2009.

  1. chicken-keeper

    chicken-keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you go about keeping you perch's clean..... how often do you clean your hens out and how many hens do you have?
    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. BCMominMD

    BCMominMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And how do you keep the walls near the perches clean?
     
  3. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop is very small so it isn't a big hassle to scrape the roosts when I change the litter. I change the little when is it starting to lose the pine odor and gain the chicken odor. With pine shavings it turned out to be once a week and I'm giving pine pellets a whack for the first time right now. I'm hoping they'll last about a month but we'll see.

    ETA: I stir the litter daily so that there isn't poo piling up on the top.
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2009
  4. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    I clean my perches with a putty knife. Just scrape the poop off. Mine are removable, so on a nice sunny day. I take them out and scrub them clean and let them dry in the sun.
    The wall...well, if we had thought before we built, we would have put the perch further from the wall. [​IMG] But, I put cheap flooring behind my roosts. Buy at Home Depot for about 15 bucks, depending how big you need it.
    The coop gets cleaned every few months with clean shavings. Keep the shavings stirred up. I also clean out the poop under the roosts every day or so. I have 25 hens.
     
  5. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thoughts on ideal perch material to assure easy cleaning?
     
  6. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have painted 2" by 2" perches. I used a high gloss paint because I was told that would be the easiest to clean.
     
  7. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    I just have unpainted 2x4's. (don't want the chickens to eat paint off) Honestly, it's not hard to scrub clean, if they are removable.
     
  8. sweetie54

    sweetie54 Out Of The Brooder

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    i just use a tree limb from my yard and it never gets dirty because they hang their back end off to the side!!! lol I use straw for the floor of the coop and sometimes i just use pine needles from my yard and they like that alot!!!!! They like leaves in there too!!!!!
     
  9. chicken-keeper

    chicken-keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok thanks for the repsonces guys....... wll use a scapper to clean them tomorrow then thanks [​IMG]
     

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