This past weekend I decided to do some spring cleaning on our chicken coop. I know February might be a little early for most with the winter weather we have been experiencing, but in the South we occasionally get some 65 Degree weather on the weekends. I wanted to share with you some of the things I did to get my coop nice and clean for the upcoming year.
Remove All Litter and Bedding: I used a poly leaf rake to remove the litter out of the house. When selecting our coop I made sure to get a glassboard floor and clean out door and believe me it makes cleaning much easier. I removed all the litter making sure the corners of the nest boxes were scrapped and cleaned. Getting the bedding out of the nest boxes wasnt very easy. I used a tool to scrape out all the corners and then removed the bedding.
Clean Walls, Perches & Spider Webs: After you remove all the litter, you will want to clean out the interior of the coop. This is very dusty so I recommend using a facemask. I first removed all the cob webs in the ceiling. I then brushed down the walls with a broom removing all the dust. One of the best ways to get the remaining dust out is using a leaf blower. Just make sure to use a facemask so you dont breathe in all the dust.
Spray Coop Down With Poultry Protector: Once the coop was clean of all litter I sprayed it down with Poultry Protector. I used the Poultry Protector Concentrate and mixed it in a 1 gallon sprayer. The Poultry Protector will help eliminate any fleas, mites and lice that are left in the coop. Studies show that when fleas, mites and lice are no longer present on and around birds, they become less stressed and aggressive, allowing them to do what they do best; Increase egg production and Gain body weight. The elimination of parasites and insects will help to also decrease mortality rates in young birds. Poultry Protector is 100% environmentally friendly and safe for your birds.
Put New Bedding In Coop: Our chicken coop is a quaker style coop that is 5′ x 8′. I used a premium pine shaving for the bedding and it took 1 1/2 bags to get a good coating on the floor about 4″ – 6″ deep. I recommend having a thick coating because the birds will scratch a good bit of it around. It will also make more litter when you clean it out.
Recycle Your Litter: Always remember that chicken litter is one of the best natural fertilizers you can use on your flower bed or garden. We will be putting it in a compost bin for use in a garden and rose bed.
Spray Chickens Down With Poultry Protector: Since it was warm I decided to go ahead and spray the chickens down with the Poultry Protector I mixed up. Hopefully killing all parasites that might be on them. They all were in good condition but it is always best to try to stay ahead of the mites and fleas.
Keeping a nice clean chicken coop makes it much more inviting to kids when they go checking for eggs. It really doesnt take much time and it makes your coop a much better place for you chickens to stay. I had only been finished about 10 minutes and our bunny was already in the coop checking it out. I wish you the best of luck and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 1-800-624-4493 or at www.flemingoutdoors.com