There is a very well built coop we'll be inheriting on a property we're buying & I want to make sure I've got a good plan for the clean out & disinfecting for new birds. It's my understanding that it hasn't been used for 10 - 15 years. That into consideration, I'll be sure to strap on my handy dandy respirator with new filters & wear one of those fancy $15 disposable tyvek suits along with gloves. There are cobwebs, feathers & other grossness’s in this thing that I am certain have to be older than dinosaurs. After suited up I plan to sweep out everything I can & bag up for the dump. Pending that doesn’t get everything (I’m thinking cobwebs imbedded in screens/dividers & dusty schmutz in general), I was thinking air compressor to blow the rest out? Once all foreign objects are removed, I was planning on a nice vinegar bath delivered via pressure washer for the whole inside. Once that’s dry & aired out I would paint everything. Should the outside be repainted as well in case there is any funkiness clinging to life? Also, do you think the concrete should be sealed? If so, what would you use? New roosts & nest boxes would be installed. Here are a few pictures of the coop inside & out to give you a better idea of what I’m working with... Exterior - Obviously the door needs re-installed, new pop doors need to be made, shrub removed from run (?) & all brush taken down. The run... Our plan is to increase the size of the run to give them a more reasonable amount of room when they aren't allowed to free range (which they mostly will be). My first thought was that the shrub/tree thing needs to come out completely but now I'm not sure. What do you think about cutting it way back so we could walk under it but use the upper branches as a sort of canopy so no hawks or eagles get any funny ideas? I kind of like the idea of using it as a canopy but don't know how realistic or practical the idea would be. Would it just be better to remove it & cover the run with tented netting or build a raised canopy (like a gazebo roof) or??? Oh now I'm thinking raised gazebo type roof might be better to help with mud control in the rainy season... (going crossed eyed with options) I need help people! What would you do? And on to the inside... The foundation & risers in the floor are concrete. All of the concrete is in excellent shape under all the gunk. What do you think about removing some of the interior dividers? I would like to keep the brooder box on the right side so I can let a mama hatch babies but I feel like the remaining dividers in there really limit the amount of usable space. What would you do if this is what you had to work with? The overall dimensions of the chicken house are roughly 12' x 12'. I am seriously looking forward to whatever feedback you have. Have an idea for just the concrete sealing? divider removal? sterilizing ideas? I'll read & be appreciative of whatever ideas you have to offer up, however many or few that may be! Thanks everyone!