Beginners Guide To Raising backyard chickens – Cleaning the Coop – Part 1
Chicken coops need to serve several functions. They need to be able to keep the chickens sheltered from bad weather as rain and cold are two big enemies of chickens, as well as heat in some areas. Chicken coops need to be able to house chickens in a way that’s healthy and clean, with good ventilation. Plus, chicken coops also need to keep chickens safe from predators. Today I wanted to show you a few tips to make cleaning the coop easy.
This will a be a multi part series, but for today I wanted to show you the girls and let you see me putting them to bed while going over a few neat options this coop has to keep it clean. There are a few easy open or slide outs that make it easy and are built right into the coop itself. Also I share a tip to keep the nesting boxes clean with a puppy pee grass pad.
As you can see, chickens learn the routine and naturally go “home” at dusk. Tonight I was late and they were fussy and bee lined it right to the coop.
Make sure that your chicken coop is kept clean. Sanitation is important as it can affect the overall health and mood of the chickens. Regularly replace the bedding you use in the coop as this keeps chicken clean. This also controls the smell of the manure of the chicken.
A lot of people who first start out try to use newspaper, and I highly suggest you do NOT use newspaper. Although this is a convenient option, it doesn’t help to absorb the dirt and manure inside the coop. Also the newspaper when exposed to moisture tends to be too slippery for chickens. This can create health issues for the hens in the long run.
Pine Shavings and Dried Herbs
I suggest pine shavings and dried herbs. You can really make a nice environment for the hens. I will talk more about dried herbs in another video. Pine shavings if used should be 3-4 in deep on the bottom of the floor.
To clean this coop you can pull out the bottom tray and easily spray it down with a hose. You can also remove each of the roosts and soak or hose them down too. I personally would like a little more room from the roost to the bottom of the coop slide out. I live in the North East and in the winter I usually use the deep litter method over winter. This winter will be interesting as I figure out how to winterize their coop.
The most helpful tip I have figured out is the nesting box. I bought a grass pee pad. I bought a fake grass doggie pee pad and cut it in half to lay in the nesting box. It is soft and can be cleaned easily.
Tomorrow I will show you how this works and give you all the specifics. I know it sounds crazy, but trust me. It is the way to go!