by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest
As the weather warms up, the coop begins to call out. Along with spring cleaning around the house and yard, our chicken coop also receives a good deep cleaning a few times per year, especially come spring. Just like raising children, there are many different ways to care for chickens, including how folks clean their coop. Today, I thought that I would share how we clean the coop at our place.
|Stored in a bucket, cleaning supplies are at the ready.|
1. Pick a warm sunny spring day.
Not only will this make the experience more pleasant, sunlight acts as a natural disinfectant. The sun’s ultraviolet light kills many pathogens. In addition, the sun and pleasant weather helps the coop to dry out much more quickly than an overcast gloomy day.
2. Remove the chickens.
3. Open the windows.
|Freshly herb dusted nesting box and a clean linoleum floor.|
4. Empty the entire coop.
Be sure to sweep out the entire coop of soiled bedding and dust. I would recommend wearing a mask during this entire coop cleaning process for your health and safety. Use a dust pan and small brush to get into all the nooks and crannies. Do not overlook the nesting boxes. If they are removable, bring them outside for cleaning. The same thing goes for the roosts; if you can remove them take them out too.
5. Clear the cobwebs.
6. Scrub everything down.
7. Let it dry.
8. Consider installing a linoleum floor.
9. Consider using natural pest control.
10. Add fresh bedding.
11. Open up the coop to the chickens.
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|Sunshine, our Buff Orpington, inspects the clean coop.|
Photo Credits: Tilly’s Nest