Keeping chickens is so satisfying, not only because of what they offer in return, but also because chickens make great pets, and keeping them can seriously calm your mind. For this reason, you should do your best to keep your feathered babies as happy as they can possibly be.
There are so many things you can do to keep your chickens feeling great. One of the most important is ensuring that their coop stays clean all the time. Cleanliness is very important, not only for your flock’s health but also for your health and comfort as well.
With a clean living environment, you can easily control predators, lice, illnesses, rodents, and flies. So, how can you ensure that your chickens’ home is always clean?
1. Get a store-bought coop cleaner
There are so many homemade cleaners that you could use to clean your chickens’ coop, but have you tried a manufactured coop cleaner yet? Store-bought coop cleaners are always worthwhile as they do a great job especially when you want to break down stubborn droppings.
All you have to do is spray the cleaner on the surface you wish to clean, then wipe it down. After that, wipe the surface again with a water-dampened cloth. The good thing with high-quality coop cleaners is that they do not lather much, and they are also biodegradable and chicken safe.
2. Use the ventilation wisely
The coop’s windows provide good ventilation during cleaning, especially when the weather is warm. That way, you can thoroughly clean the entire coop comfortably. Letting the sunlight in is a great way to kill off pathogens with the UV rays.
3. Use removable roosts
If you feel that the roosts are not as clean as you would like them to be, it would help if you could clean them from the outside. This is possible when using removable roosts for your coop. All you have to do is detach them and then take them outside for a thorough clean using a scrub brush and a hose. Once they are super clean, allow them to dry in the sunlight before taking them back inside.
4. Use a shop vac
Even after sweeping out and scooping the unwanted bedding, you need a way to dust the walls, rafters, and generally every other place where chicken dust has collected. Removing chicken dust ensures that your flock’s health is good enough, as the dust often irritates the respiratory system of the chickens.
5. Lockout the flock
As you plan to clean the coop, pick a day when the weather is good so that you can allow the chickens to free-range or stay in their run. That way, you will face less distraction from your little, cute feathered babies who can’t help in any way apart from being cute and curious.
The above are the main secrets to cleaning your chickens’ coop. Remember that maintaining good hygiene is one of the best ways to keep your chickens healthy, comfortable, and productive. If you’ve got a huge coop, you can always get someone to help, for more satisfactory results. All the best in keeping your feathered babies' home clean!
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