what is all that dust in the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nuchickontheblock, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. 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!
     
  2. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chirping

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

    HS Pye
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    2,170
    106
    194
    Jun 7, 2011
    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
     
  4. JackE

    JackE Crowing 8 Years

    2,312
    649
    261
    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    Most of it is feather dander. They generate A LOT of dust, just from preening their feathers.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    21,740
    6,091
    576
    Feb 2, 2009
    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.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: