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How to Deep Clean Your Chicken Coop

After all this rain your chickens are really messing up your coop. They bring all their muddy feet into your pristine bedding. They even have the audacity to poop in there too! If this rain will ever clear up try these steps to deep clean your coop and shake off this gloomy weather we've been having. 

1. Shovel and scrape all of the manure, dirt, shavings, cobwebs, and feathers out.

It’s important to be thorough in this step, since the vinegar won’t won’t exactly vaporize the actual particles of manure, etc. I found a square shovel to be incredibly handy in scraping the floor. Old, dried chicken manure can be like cement.

2. Take a hose to it.

Give the walls, floors, roosts, and nesting boxes a good spray down to remove the fine dust and soften any stuck-on manure or dirt.

3. Scrape & shovel again.

 Do a final sweeping/scraping of any remaining, softened manure or dirt, then allow the water to drain, or sweep it out the door.

4. Elbow grease, baby.

Mix up equal parts white vinegar and water in a bucket OR just slosh straight vinegar onto your wet floor. I preferred the sloshing method personally. Take your broom or brush and give everything a vigorous scrubbing, making sure to distribute the vinegar solution as thoroughly as possible.

Photo credit: Abraham Rowe Photography @ Cottonwood Farm

5. One more rinse

Perform a final rinse, then allow water to drain or sweep it out the door.

6. Air dry

Open up the doors and windows and allow everything to dry and air out. Sunlight also acts as a disinfectant, plus, fresh air is always beneficial. I like to have plenty of ventilation in my coop anyway.

7. Don’t forget the extras

While you have the hose hooked up, scrub any feeders and waterers and set them in the sun to dry.

8. Add fresh bedding

And tell your chickens, “You’re welcome!” And if you’re really nice, add some fresh herbs to their nesting boxes, and mix up my favorite chicken coop spray recipe for a sweet-smelling coop.

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