- Jun 8, 2019
In my 5 decades of keeping chickens, I have never once disinfected a chicken coop before adding new ones. I believe being exposed to potential pathogens actually makes the chickens healthier in the long run. I clean the litter out as necessary only when I get a whiff of ammonia and otherwise add straw as needed. My current Bantam coop is going on 1.5 years without changing the litter. The key is keeping their living quarters as dry as possible.