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 Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    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 Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    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 Crowing 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 Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    Thanks so much!!

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


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