Spring is here and in full bloom. It’s time to start your spring cleaning, starting with your chicken coop. The winter has been long, and your flock needs a fresh start in a clean coop for the peak of laying season. Here are some simple steps for getting your coop back in tip-top shape.
- Empty everything out of your coop. This includes feeders, waterers, perches, and nesting box trays. You’ll also want to remove your chickens, they’ll love the time outdoors in this warm, spring weather.
- Grab a pair of gloves and a face mask (especially if you have allergies) and start scooping out all the soiled bedding. If you’re looking for good garden fertilizer, your used bedding will be perfect. Once you have all the bedding removed, you’ll want to scrape any chicken poo, cobwebs, dust or any other dried on debris off your coop. A paint scraper works best.
- After your coop has been scraped clean, mix together a bucket of boiling water and apple cider vinegar. Give your coop a good scrub using a heavy-duty scrub brush. This will remove any mites, mold and hard to remove dirt from your coop. Using the same mixture, give your feeders, waterers, perches, and nesting box trays a good cleaning.
- Grab your hose and give your coop and removable pieces a thorough rinse. Allow your coop to dry completely before starting the next step. Using a fan and opening your coop windows will help speed up the drying process.
- Now that your coop is dry, it’s time to add fresh bedding and re-assemble your coop. Consider mixing a bedding additive such as our FlockLeader™ Healthy Coop™ into your coops bedding to keep it fresh and odor-free.
Now that the hard work is complete, it’s time to move your flock back into their clean coop. Cleaning you coop in the spring and fall is general practice but there are a few things you can do between cleanings to make it easier such as scraping excess poo from the roosting bars and nesting boxes. Keep your nesting boxes fresh and comfortable with some nesting pads. Spot clean any excessively dirty areas to make the next clean-out easier. You should also turn your bedding regularly with a rake, especially if you're using the deep litter method. The more time you spend maintaining your coop, the less build-up there will be.