Spring has arrived! Now is a great time to get cleaning. But don’t limit this to your house- it’s the perfect time to give your coop the good once over as well!
Here is how to clean the coop this spring:
We sell various coop cleaners and disinfectants listed here. But, you can also make your own!
- Vetsense Coop Clean
- Avicare Disinfectant
- Malaban Wash
- Check out our natural coop cleaning & waterer & feeder cleaning recipes here!
- rake, shovel and broom
- several scrub brushes in varying sizes to scrub walls and get into tiny areas
- stainless steel scraper
- rubber gloves and mask
- cleaning spray or homemade cleaning spray
- plastic or paper sheeting to collect deep litter and droppings
- white vinegar
1. Shovel and scrape
Clear out all of the dirt, feathers, nesting materials, and bird droppings. Depending on the size of your coop, this could take some time. It’s important to scrape out as much of the bird droppings as you can since they, unfortunately, will not soften with the help of water or a cleansing solution.
2. Take a hose to it.
Give the walls, floors, roosts, and nesting boxes a good spray down to remove the fine dust and soften any stuck-on manure or dirt.
3. Scrape & shovel again.
Do a final sweeping/scraping of any remaining, softened manure or dirt, then allow the water to drain, or sweep it out the door.
4. Seal it up
With all litter removed, this is a good time to check for any holes made from rodents or predators. You can patch them with wood pieces or stuff them with steel wool.
Mix up equal parts white vinegar and water in a bucket OR just slosh straight vinegar onto your wet floor. Do not use bleach, as it is far too harsh for animals to bear and can be toxic to the chickens if it hasn’t dried completely. Take your broom or brush and give everything a vigorous scrubbing, making sure to distribute the vinegar solution as thoroughly as possible. Then, use your coop clean or natural coop clean to scrub all roosts, walls, posts, and nesting boxes. Rinse with some boiling water to kill any remaining parasites.
5. One more rinse…
You don’t need a pressure washer to clean out your coop. But if you have one, bring it out! Perform a final rinse, then allow water to drain or sweep it out the door.
6. Air dry.
Open up the doors and allow everything to dry and air out. Sunlight also acts as a disinfectant, plus, fresh air is always beneficial. I like to have plenty of ventilation in my coop anyway.
7. Don’t forget the extras.
While you have the hose hooked up, scrub any feeders and waterers and set them in the sun to dry.
8. Add fresh bedding
Once the coop has dried, pop some fresh hemp bedding or our ultimate nesting material into the nesting boxes. There’s plenty of things you can add to your chicken coop bedding to keep it fresh and your chooks healthy and happy. Check out our nesting box tips for more.
Deep litter is full of hearty microbes, but chicken manure is still considered hot manure. The key to using it as fertiliser is to be sure it’s added to your compost pile and not used as soon as you pull it out of the coop.
While it takes about six to nine months for chicken manure to be used as fertiliser, deep litter may be used in less time as it’s been sitting throughout the winter.