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It is important you keep your chicken coop clean not only for the health and happiness of your chickens, but also because a dirty coop will encourage disease, flies and pests such as rats.

How often you clean your coop may depend on your environment and your chickens! Some chickens tend to throw their food around more than others!

But generally, cleaning your coop will incorporate a routine similar to the below. If you have a large coop with lots of chickens, you may need to increase the frequency of this cleaning routine.

1. Daily clean

  1. checking your waterers for any blockages and ensuring there continues to be a supply of fresh water.
  2. Feeders should also be checked and refilled daily and any old food removed so as not to encourage vermin. You should use this as compost where you can!
  3. As chickens do around 50% of their poop at night, you should try and remove this poop to your manure box each morning.

2. Weekly clean

  1. to incorporate putting fresh bedding into the nesting boxes and for economics reusing the older bedding material on the floor.
  2. The older material should then be removed to the compost bin.
  3. Additionally, it is good practice to at least once a week do a good walk around your pen to make sure there are no holes that may let predators in.

 

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3. Monthly clean

Good practice to give your waterers a really good clean with bleach or white vinegar. Use a couple of tablespoons in a bucket of water and make sure you don't leave any residue. You may need to do this more frequently if you live in a humid environment where you can get a green build up.

 

4. Spring clean

Every 4-6 months, you should do a complete coop clean. Make sure you do this on a nice sunny day! Remove all bedding and manure and level off the floor with a rake. Put a fresh layer of soil on top if you can.

Open up all windows and remove cobwebs, dust, spiders and flies that may be trapped. Clean all glass windows and make sure they open and close properly. Do the same with doors and hatches.

If you use poop trays under your roosts, then take these outside and give them a good hose down and sterilize. Leave these to dry in the sun before taking back inside.

Remove any green growth around the inside and outside of the pen that may encourage pests or prevent doors or windows from opening and shutting.

 

By putting in place a good cleaning plan, you can be sure your coop will last your chickens will remain healthy and productive. Finally, you should consider your maintenance plan when building your coop so as to make it easy to follow.

Keeping chickens is a fun and rewarding experience for the entire family and very educational for children.