Is this old coop safe to use?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GillespieTroop, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. GillespieTroop

    GillespieTroop In the Brooder

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    I bought an old coop that is in good sturdy condition but was full of old poop. It also had mouse poop everywhere, or some kind of rodent. I scraped everything out, but I'm still not sure that's good enough. Do I need to disinfect the coop? If so, how? I have new young chicks to put in and I'm nervous about! Thank you!
     
  2. SkyBlueEmu

    SkyBlueEmu Chirping

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    I would disinfect the coop just to be on the safe side.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    How long has it been unused? The longer it has been the less likely there will be any problems. Still, I suggest spraying it down with a bleach water solution and air it out well (several days) before you put chickens in it. Do not breathe that bleach solution, spray it heavily to soak everything, and wait at least an hour before you rinse it if you do rinse it. Give it time to work.
     
  4. JDN

    JDN Songster

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    Buy a broom or mop from the dollar store, and make a bleach solution, mop the inside out and let it dry. should be good.
     
  5. Shamo Hybrid

    Shamo Hybrid Songster

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    Pics. I want to see the coop.
     
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  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Agreed, I'd bleach it. Don't put birds in it until the bleach scent has totally dissipated, and it is completely dry.
     
  7. tomfromsc

    tomfromsc Songster

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    I would try to power wash it to get all loose material off first then apply the bleach solution to clean what you can't see let that soak in and rinse lightly make sure all bleach odor is gone before putting your birds in JMHO
     

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