Spring is here, and that means time for spring cleaning your chicken coop! After the long winter, a chicken coop is in need of a good cleaning. Check out our Chicken Coop Spring Cleaning checklist.
- Grab a Shovel – shovel and scrape out any manure, and old wood chips/bedding. This is your big Spring cleaning, make sure to really take your time, and remove as much as you can. You want a fresh start before adding in your new wood chips. If you are having a hard time removing the manure, and you have the option, a hose is great when cleaning a chicken coop. Giving the coop a good spray down will remove any stubborn spots. I would suggest that if you are going to hose down your chicken coop, waiting for a warm, sunny day to do so.
- Dust and Cobwebs – The next step is to remove the dust and cobwebs from your chicken coop. A good broom will help you with this portion of your spring cleaning routine. Again, you want to make sure you are getting your coop as clean as possible.
- Maintenance – Next check for any routine maintenance that needs to be done. Make sure your structure is stable, check the roof of your coop, look at your nesting boxes. How are the locks on your doors and windows? This is the time to complete any repairs that may need to be done.
- Predator Proofing – Spring is a great time to make sure that your coop is predator proof. Check the perimeter of your coop for holes or places where a predator can get in. Check any fencing or wire that you may have, make sure that it is still strong after the long winter.
Spring Cleaning Tricks:
- Mix equal parts vinegar, and water to make a great cleaner/disinfectant.
- Dust your coop with diatomaceous earth
- Use an old broom or cobweb duster to clean the hard to reach corners
- Use a flat-edged shovel or drywall knife to scrape the floor clean of stuck-on debris
- Rinse out nest pads if using
- Wear a dust mask to protect your lungs and eye protection if you have allergies
- Wait until mid-afternoon or later to clean a coop so your hens’ laying is not interrupted.