If you’re thinking about purchasing chickens, it’s important to make sure that you have an appropriate shelter for them such as a chicken coop. A coop will provide your chickens with protection from the elements and predators, allowing them to get the rest they need.
If a chicken coop is home to your chicken flock, you should make every effort to keep it as clean as possible.
We have provided some tips for keeping a chicken coop clean. However, keep in mind that most coops only need to be cleaned out about twice a year by taking everything out of the coop, hosing it down on a warm day, and drying it out for one to three days before putting the bedding back in.
Understand the Roost Myth
Although a lot of people insist that roosts might need to be cleaned on a regular basis, most roost poles are not easily removed and washing them down with a hose will result in dampness and disease. Poles don’t get too much manure on them, however, the bedding underneath them does get nasty and will need to be cleaned out. You can do so through scooping the bedding out, putting down dehydrated line and shaving over that, which will keep the coop dry and the smell down.
Replace Nesting Box Material
If you want your chickens to lay eggs in your coop, you need to keep their nesting boxes clean. Chickens won’t usually go into a nesting box that is dirty. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to clean their nesting boxes for them. Simply use a garden hoe to pull out the materials in their boxes every few days and replace it with fresh materials. Most people prefer to use a mix of hay or straw, shredded paper, and something like pine shavings or mulch.
Use the Deep Litter Method
Chickens love to poop all over their coop. This can be problematic if you don’t do anything to combat it. One way you can do this is by using what’s called the deep litter method. It involves covering the floor in the coop with pine shavings, essentially creating a compost in the coop. As chickens walk on and scratch the floor, they’ll constant aerate the compost. You can go in a couple times a year and remove the compost while replacing it with fresh shavings. This will cut down on the foul smells in your coop and make cleaning it a lot more manageable.
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