The spring is almost here, and it is time to clean the chicken coop. A dirty chicken coop isn’t good for anyone, especially for chickens. It can cause several diseases and some of them can even transmit from the dirty coop to a human. For example, ammonia fumes produced from urine and feces can damage your flock’s respiratory system and cause serious illness, leading to death in severe cases.
Why is spring cleaning of the coop so important?
There are many reasons why you should spring clean your chicken coop before summer starts, but the most important one is that it will prevent diseases, like Salmonella and Campylobacter. These two diseases are usually found in chickens’ droppings and can be harmful to humans if they come into contact with them. The other reason why you should do a thorough cleaning of the chicken coop before the summer starts is that it will help keep your chickens healthy. If they have a clean environment, their immune system will be stronger, and they’ll be less susceptible to infection.
Winter dirt is piling up. Where to start?
First of all, you need to find a place that is not too cold for your chickens and has enough space for them to move around while you are cleaning their usual space. To begin, remove any removable items from the chicken coop. You’ll need to remove old bedding, wash out the roosting bars, and clean the water bowl and feeder. Next, you can use plastic sheeting to catch deep litter and droppings. Once you’re done, you can haul out the plastic sheeting. This will allow you to pick up any debris and dispose of it properly. After that, take a few minutes to wipe down the walls and floors and dry off any fixtures or drinkers. You’ll want to sweep the coop and run also. Make sure to put on a face mask beforehand. The chicken droppings will be pretty grimy. After you’ve raked up the debris, wipe off the sides and floor of the coop with a soft brush. You can also spray down the ceiling, corners, and roost with a hose.
Clean Your Chicken Coop the natural way
Cleaning a chicken coop is not an easy task. The amount of time and effort you put into cleaning your chicken coop will depend on its size, the number of chickens, and the frequency with which you clean it. You can’t just use any old household cleaner to clean your chicken coop because it will be toxic for the chickens, and they will die. Instead, it would help if you used a cleaner specifically made for cleaning out chicken coops. Or, you can use a natural DIY orange-based cleaner that is much cheaper than store-bought products. Some people use bleach or ammonia to disinfect their coops. Others use vinegar or natural dish soap. To keep the coop clean and sanitary, you should also spray the bottom and sides of the henhouse with a natural spray cleaner to disinfect the coop.
Regular maintenance after harsh winter weather
Before the chickens go inside, you should clean out the nesting boxes. This way, you’ll minimize the risk of flies and disease. Once the manure has mellowed, you can add a layer of pine shavings to the bottom of the coop to reduce the risk of rodent infestation. The smell of pine puts of rodents. Next, replace the bedding with fresh straw, remove any old nesting material and refill any empty feeders. If you want to avoid working with dirt on your hands and knees, put down some plastic sheeting first. It’s also a good idea to remove any dead eggs or other materials from the chicken house.
Tools and supplies needed for your spring clean coop
Make sure that you have the right tools and supplies. You should have a shovel, gloves, mask, and some disinfectant. Next, start by cleaning the inside of the coop. One way to do this is by spraying down all surfaces and wiping them clean with a rag or sponge. Another way is to use a hose or pressure washer for larger surfaces like walls and floors. Also, take care of any other tasks that need attention, such as repairing broken boards or adding more nesting boxes.
Some people say that you should only do a spring cleaning once every six months, but some say you should do it once a month. You should probably ask your chicken coop supplier what they recommend in your area after harsh winter months in terms of cleaning.
Maintenance of the coop and the flock
In addition to the coop itself, the chicken coop should also have ventilation. The ventilation is crucial for the chickens to avoid a gas build-up, especially in summer. You can do this by turning the litter bed daily and ensuring that the coop has adequate air circulation. As long as there is proper ventilation, your chicken coop should be safe to live in. And as a bonus, the smell of chickens will drastically improve. Before reinstalling the floor covering inspect for signs of pests. Chickens also need to be kept clean to prevent the risk of diseases such as coccidiosis. In addition, you should regularly clean the roosts and nesting boxes to prevent parasites. Finally, keeping your coop clean will help your flock lay eggs that are nutritious and large. You’ll have a healthy flock and happy hens if you follow these tips.
Once you’ve completed your spring cleaning of the coop, you can move your chickens back inside. Make sure they are protected at night when you are sleeping. Automatic coop door will make your life easier and save your chickens’ lives!
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