what is all that dust in the coop?

nuchickontheblock

Songster
9 Years
May 16, 2010
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south portland, maine
Today's the major clean out day that we do once a year--we use the deep litter method. Out with the old shavings and then wash everything down and reorganize the coop. So, what the heck makes all that dust?? Is it like chicken dander from their feathers or what?? Yikes!
 

HS Pye

Chirping
6 Years
Sep 13, 2013
386
17
83
Texas
Could be gathered dirt, sand, deteriorated droppings, and the such. We have the same when we let our coops go uncleaned.

HS Pye
 

chfite

Songster
10 Years
Jun 7, 2011
2,171
123
236
Taylors, SC
Chickens scratch and peck at everything. The dry matter in the coop tends to shred and flake from all this action. Consequently, you wind up with a lot of dust.

Chris
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Feb 2, 2009
28,051
22,726
907
Southeast Louisiana
Like they said. Dander, dried droppings, shredded bedding, dirt and mud they track in, all of which they continuously scratch. Plus my contribution, dust that just blows in on the wind. Which is the greater component? Depends some on your coop and how you manage them.
 

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