How I Clean My Coop and Nesting Boxes
I get asked all the time if there are secret tips to keeping a coop and it's accompanying nesting boxes cleaner, fresher and healthier.
Yes there is.
Here are my recommended steps for cleaning your coop:
- Rake/shovel out all poop, shavings, straw and insulating matter (straw, shavings, sand, rice hulls, etc).
- Use a broom or other tool to remove spider webs from roof, rafters, roosts, doorways - the whole inside area.
- Sweep or dust down the walls to remove remaining spider webs, dust/dander, etc.
- Compost all the stuff you removed or bag it up and include in local trash pickup.
In the Spring, Summer, and Fall:
- Hose it out. Clean with Poultry Protector or a white vinegar/water mixture.
- Lightly rinse. Allow to air dry.
- Replenish with bedding/insulating materials of your choice (straw, shavings, sand, rice hulls, etc) and Nesting Box Blend as the grand finale.
In the Winter:
- If possible, keep the doors and windows open for an hour or so to allow fresh air in, making certain to close up before harsh weather returns and/or predator dangers arise.
- Replenish with insulating/bedding materials of your choice (straw, shavings, sand, rice hulls, etc) and Nesting Box Blend to complete!
Here are my recommended steps for cleaning your nesting boxes:
- Remove all materials from nesting boxes (poop, broken egg matter, straw, shavings all of it.)
- Weather permitting: clean with Poultry Protector or a white vinegar/water mixture. Rinse and allow to air dry.
- Replenish with bedding materials of choice, sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth atop bedding materials and finish with Nesting Box Blend.
(In the Winter, a thorough water-less cleaning will suffice until Spring: Diatomaceous Earth will assist with lice, mites, other insects as will Nesting Box Blend.)
So, this is how I do it. Sometimes I change it up and move things around or I get a new rake and that makes me very, very happy! Some summers I go all-in on straw and the next Summer I am all.about. rice hulls. One VERY important thing to keep in mind is that my coop IS different than yours as are my nesting boxes. There is no right or wrong way to do this but it is important to be mindful to keep things clean and tidy for our flocks.
To health + happiness
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