Today is officially coop cleaning day. Like my threads? Next step, hazmat suit!
How it works is we kick the girls outside to their run and close their chicken door. While they peck on the door saying “Let me in!” I laugh and remind them that if they would clean up after themselves they wouldn’t have to go through this every 3 months!
We have to pull out all the pine shavings and tractor them out to the compost pile. Then we sweep the walls and floor. Then, I pull out a shop vacuum and vacuum all the surfaces including the windows, vents and roof peak.
The girls leave a lot of dust floating all the time! It collects so fast it’s crazy! Everything gets covered in dust within a day.
Now it’s time to take water, a couple drops of toxic free light dish soap and vinegar mix and wipe everything down. Feeders, waterers, roosts and nesting boxes get a good scrubbing. I RARELY use chlorine because it’s not good for the ladies respiratory systems. I only use it if I’m cleaning an area where there was a sick chicken. And then I rinse the heck out of it!
Now we replace the food and water with fresh stuff in clean equipment. Then toss in fresh pine shavings. I like to put the shavings in a big pile. Then the girls like to come in and dig around in it, spreading it around on their own!
See how the girls react to their clean coop on their YouTube Channel!