Need suggestions for coop cleaning

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PoultryBird12, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. I haven't cleaned out my coop for a while because it's been so cold up here in MN. As it got warmer the last couple days I decided to clean it. But I don't know how. [​IMG]I haven't had chickens very long (I just got my own this last Easter). My parents are bugging me about it saying it has to be clean by tonight.... It reeks so bad because I have nine chickens and six ducks in it and when I try to shovel everything out into the wheelbarrow I can't stand it. The hose is frozen so I won't be able hose the gunk out.... Do you have any strategies you use?? My coop is mildly big.... big enough to hold fifteen animals. when you walk in there is a storage space, then a screen door... and then the coop. (don't worry, I also have a run). Any suggestions would be great before tomorrow.... :)
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  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
    You're just going to have to get in there and do it.
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  3. ugh. hehe. :(
  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
    Sweep or rake it all out of the coop , then shovel it in the wheelbarrow .
  5. WthrLady

    WthrLady Songster

    Jul 24, 2014
    WestOak, Nebraska
    Oh you poor thing. Manure build up is awful, and the ammonia smell can be overwhelming. It certainly is a hard time to clean the coop.

    How large is large?

    All I can suggest is to do the best you can, then cover the floor with something easier to keep up and clean every day/week, like sand, and then after the spring thaw, clean it back to bare naked clean.
  6. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Songster

    May 18, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    My Coop
    If it's reeking then you've got more than a dirty coop problem, you've got a potential health problem for your birds. That excessive ammonia smell that makes your eyes water can be dangerous to their lungs and respiratory systems.

    Wear a surgical mask that covers your mouth and nose as you clean it out and then do research on different methods of maintaining a coop so that you won't have this problem in the future. If you're looking for a method with little work, I'd recommend you try the Deep Litter method. However, you're going to have to keep plenty of organic matter around such as pine shavings, straw, leaves, shredded newspaper - to keep adding to the deep litter to prevent it from having that "reeking" smell again. Look up Deep Litter here on BYC and you'll find all the info you need.

    Good luck!!
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  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    X 2 on all of this. Unfortunately, cold or not, this is something that has to be kept up with as it is not only unpleasant, but health endangering to allow it to reach this sort of point. The use of poop boards can make for easy daily cleaning that takes only minutes as it concentrates the majority of waste (that expelled during roosting hours) in one easy to clean place and enables the use of odor assisting materiel such as PDZ on the poop board. Deep litter method for the floor space is a great way to allow for minimal work time but maintain a "clean" and odor controlled coop. I am using DLM and poop boards in our coop - my daily chores take less than 10 minutes to clean the coop (6x14) and that includes numerous stops to talk to or snuggle a chicken, matter how cold or not it is I can be uncomfortable for a few minutes to protect the health and well-being of my flock.
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  8. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    All great suggestions!

    How many birds do you have, and just how big is your coop footprint for them?
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I use a poop board with sand and PDZ keeps the stink down, poops sifted out every other day to go to compost.

    A few inches of large kiln dried pine shavings, these get deeper as winter goes along, on the coop floor.

    Keeping things dry and well ventilated is the key to odor control.

    Repeat DRY so I would not recommend using a hose to wash anything down.....

    .......the ducks are likely the source of the wet, thus the stink. They don't roost( I don't think they do anyway) so a poop board doesn't help for them.
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  10. 5fowl

    5fowl Chirping

    Oct 18, 2013
    You may also want to check for rotten eggs!

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