Cleaning the coop is probably the most dreaded chore we as chicken keepers must perform but also the most important. Why? Keeping the coop and run environment clean is the best way to prevent disease in your flock. What process should you use? What makes this chore easier? What works for you?
- · Daily cleaning
- · Poop boards
Poop boards in my original coop
- · Raking the run (if you have one)
- · Using a chemical free cleaner
|Poop board covered in linoleum for easier cleaning|
|This is my poop bucket and kitty litter ‘shovels” I
use to clean the poop boards under the roosts
|My handy ACV spray bottle|
and finely mist your poop boards when you are finished scraping them and the rest of the coop for good measure. I use a tablespoon of vinegar to every gallon of water but give or take a little doesn’t hurt anything. You can also use vanilla to keep down flies by hanging cheap dollar store car air freshners out of reach of your flock. Flies hate vanilla (read more about that here).
|My plastic wash tub near the water spigot|
|This is a child’s garden rake
I use for raking my runs
better for your flock. I have a child’s toy rake that is smaller than a garden rake and it helps me get in tight spots better around the coop. It also has ¼” hardware cloth attached to the back to aid in raking process. I generally sift with the rake and put all the poop in the bucket to go in my compost pile by my vegetable garden.