6 Steps to Cleaning Your Coop! (Guide)
Here's how we sanitize, disinfect and deep clean the coop to ensure the chickens have a nice and comfy place to sleep in!
Given they sleep where they sit (and sometimes eat), hygiene is a priority.
Frequency: Once every week/fortnight, depending on coop size, flock size and time spent in the cage/ coop.
For those in cages 24/7, do clean every few days ideally.
Time: 30 minutes (Excluding airing time)
Effort Level: 8/10
1. Clear all the poop, dirt, shavings, and feathers out
Yucky? Certainly. We use small and big brooms to make the tasks easier, sweeping it up into a big trash bag.
2. Optional: Hose it down with water and wash it, to soften up and get rid of some tougher dirt.
This is optional - Some wooden coops won't do so well under water. So I do this once a blue moon, and a good drying by the sun is needed.
Spray Bottle: Daiso, $2.
Dilute 1ml to 250ml of water, or for a stronger clean, 1ml to 100ml of water.
Spray heavily onto coop, to kill germs, bacteria, viruses, fungi and mould!
Wipe it down after with a towel for optimal cleanliness. Resistant poop should be gone then!
4. Air and sun the coop, preferably for a few hours.
No worries for residual F10, as it’s perfectly safe for all animals
Did you know, F10 is used and recommended by Vets?
5. Add Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is recommended to kill mites and reduce moisture.
Rub it in to your coop base and edges.
As the chickens scratch, it'll be mixed with the bedding.
You may get yours from DEnutrients.com or Lazada/Shopee.
Do get food grade ones for safety!
6. Fill it up with Plospan Wood Shavings and you are done!
Soft and comfy, wood shavings is the recommended bedding for your chooks.
Plospan Pine Shavings is highly absorbant, large flakes and minimal dust, making it easy to clean and good for those sensitive to dust!
Optional: Add Garlic powder, herbs to make it smell good if you like.
Garlic Powder might help with mites too.
Optional: Use F10 Odour Eliminator to kill germs and keep the coop nice smelling! Pine scented.