necessary to clean/disinfect a new coop b4 chicks go in?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Penske, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Penske

    Penske Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,

    Coop is being shingled this week!!

    Is it necessary to disinfect prior to the chicks moving in? I am thinking "yes" since the wood is leftover wood that has been sitting since our barn was built...

    What should I use??

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Someone else might have to answer how to disinfect for you.

    I personally wouldn't since no other birds have been in there... actually... I don't clean my brooder areas any more than picking it up an moving it to a new chunk of soil... where the previous batch had probably walked on. It helps them pick up the immunities to the local bugs I may have in the soil out here.

    It's up to you really! Good luck! It's exciting isn't it!
     
  3. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If no other chickens have been in there, I wouldn't worry about it either.
    It is impossible to completely disinfect wood anyway, too porous.
     
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    You could do a 5-10% bleach solution, but no need since no other birds have been in the coop.
     
  5. Penske

    Penske Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much!!

    Yes, it IS exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lisa
     

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