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What's the best way to "cleanse" a newly empty run???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sianara, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. sianara

    sianara Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Central MA
    I got rid of all my silkie chickens last month and now their coop/run is empty.

    I'm thinking I'll probably get more bantams and house them in this coop/run next year and am wondering what the best way to "cleanse" the run is so I won't have a problem bringing new birds into this environment. The run has sand and is about 4 inches deep. When the silkies were on it, I would use my hoe/rake to fluff up the sand about once a month or so and the rain seemed to keep it fresh looking/smelling.

    I'm thinking I should probably be "treating" the sand now before winter/snow sets in so it'll be all set next spring.

    Would DE or garden safe lime be the best choice OR does someone have another alternative/suggestion?
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2008

  2. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I hope someone has an answer for you, I really don't know [​IMG]

    I would say the lime would be fine if you treated now, but that's not an educated guess from me.
  3. 3 sisters farm

    3 sisters farm Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    puyallup wa
    Were the silkies healthy if so probably some DE raked in then I would rake deeply a couple of times before snow if you get it, if not maybe once a month sun/rain kills a lot. If birds with illness sometimes a lot more needs to be done.....like not use for a couple of years, but that is rare.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Food Grade DE. [​IMG] [​IMG]

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