Chicken Coop Spring Cleaning Checklist
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 Steps.
Chicken Coop Spring Cleaning Steps
Step 1: Clean Out Coop
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 straw or wood shavings.
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 waiting for a warm, sunny day if you are going to hose your coop out.
Step 2: Clean Nesting Boxes
Remove all straw or nesting pad inserts from nesting boxes. Scrape out any manure and clean nesting box inserts if needed.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: 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.
Step 5: 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.
Step 6: Add New Bedding
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the ground of the coop and in the nesting boxes. Then lay down your straw or pine shavings.
Additional Spring Cleaning Suggestions & Tips:
- Mix equal parts vinegar, and water to make a great cleaner/disinfectant.
- Use a flat-edged shovel or drywall knife to scrape the floor clean of stuck-on debris
- 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.
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