Is your coop really Dusty???? Why???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sandy sea, May 13, 2010.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2008
    Gavilan Hills, CA
    I clean up the poop in the chicken coop every week, add new shavings when needed. One question, why soo much dust? Is it from the shavings or poop or what? It covers eveything windows, walls, floors, and eveything else. I seem to be dusting alot. I have to take out all mysupplies and trash cans which hold my feed and stuff and clean. What is it from?????? My coop is sectioned of into two areas with wire, Chickens in one and feed and supplies in the other. Is your coop dusty?
  2. Ravishaw

    Ravishaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2010
    My guess would be that chickens enjoy dust baths, they ruffle feathers which spreads maybe 1/5 of your dust... Another 5th comes from good old regular air, and the rest from wind, settling of the building and other things?

    I'm over in AZ, and dust is a way of life.
  3. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2010
    Yep chickens are dusty animals! I'm going to get a duster just for the coop and an old broom for the cobwebs and walls. Might wanna try that, and dust once a week or more. You could put nails in the walls up high and hang the broom an duster off these. Just an idea... Cause I like it clean too [​IMG]
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    The dust is incredible, isn't it?! I think it's from the wood shavings, and maybe come chicken dander too........ARG!
  5. Hillsvale

    Hillsvale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2009
    Hillsvale, Nova Scotia
    When I dump my 25 kg bag of feed into my auto feeder... there is a pile of dust from that! Combine with shavings and you have a mess.
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    CHickens themselves produce considerable dust (dander). This is especially bad when they are molting (and if yours are less than 18 wks old, they are more or less constantly molting [​IMG]), from the cuticle that sheathes the pinfeathers as they emerge and then flakes off.

    Also, many brands/lots of shavings are rather dusty, and if your chickens spill ANY feed on the floor, it gets ground into a fine powder that also can be a large fraction of the dust.

    Chicnken coops just ARE dusty, it is an unavoidable fact of life. I would suggest having as few exposed storage containers/objects/surfaces as possible, and lots and lots of ventilation.

    Good luck, have fun,

  7. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I did a Spring Clean on my coop a couple of weekends ago. After 5-6 LONG, COLD Minnesota months with those chickens living pretty much 24/7 inside, it was a wreck. I used to just open all the doors/windows and sweep down the rafters and the walls before washing, but Joebryant gave me a great idea and it worked like a charm: hit that bad boy with the leaf blower. Seriously, the quantities of dust evicted from my chicken coop were epic. And that was after I had already swept down the rafters and the walls -- pretty incredible.
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  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Just try keeping a flock of cockatiels or cockatoos in your house! Then you'll see dust....
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Lots of dust from the litter thrown up in scratching, and lots of dust from the birds themselves. Feather dust is fine stuff and will float everywhere. Sometimes I wonder how my two half ounce parakeets can make so much dust everywhere inside when they are so tiny... and I wonder how they can drop off so many feathers and not be naked.

    Chickens are just bigger so the dust is worse.
  10. kipoley

    kipoley Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2010
    BFE Assyria, MI
    LOVE the leaf blower idea. I couldn't wait to get the chicks out of my house.

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