Raising chickens in your backyard is not only a good way to enjoy naturally-raised eggs every day, but it's also good fun. Many people are surprised by how therapeutic watching a small flock of hens after a busy day at work can be. Author Clea Danaan wrote a book called, Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens: The Way of the Hen, that describes how watching and tending to chickens triggers the release of oxytocin, which helps lower stress hormones.
The only real downside to raising backyard chickens is keeping the chicken coop clean. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to make this dreaded job easy. And these steps to ensure a clean environment for your flock will become increasingly more important as the weather cools and the birds spend more time in the coop.
Why Cleaning Your Chicken Coop is Important
Even though chickens don't mind messy quarters as much as humans do, they do much better when they're kept in a clean environment. Cleaning the coop every single day decreases the odds of the chickens developing poultry mites, respiratory infections, and skin problems. Your hens will reward your efforts to keep the coop clean by producing high quality eggs. The clean coop smells better, making it less attractive to predators like weasels and foxes.
Tips on How to Easily Keep Your Chicken Coop Clean
If you haven't already done so, you should consider painting both the interior and exterior of your chicken coop. Not only does this make the coop more attractive, but it also decreases the amount of dust that sticks to the boards, which decreases the amount of time you spend cleaning the chicken coop each day.
It's in your best interest to clean the chicken coop at least once a day. When you stay on top of the cleaning process, manure, straw, wet sawdust, and bits of dropped food won't build up. Spending five minutes a day cleaning means you won't have to dedicate an entire Saturday afternoon to mucking out the chicken coop.
Each time you clean the coop, take a minute to examine it and make sure there aren't any sharp edges or broken bits that could injure your hens.
What to do with Waste Collected from the Chicken Coop
Dealing with the waste collected from the chicken coop is another unpleasant chore. The best thing to do with this is to build a compost bin, and fill it with the chicken waste (manure, sawdust, straw, etc.). Once it breaks down, it will be a wonderful source of fertilizer for your lawn, trees, flower bed, and garden. Once you get into a chicken coop cleaning routine, you'll find that it's not nearly as bad a chore as you thought it would be, plus it gives you an excuse to hang out with your hens.
11/19/2018 08:48:57 am
Handling the waste from my poultry farm has always been an issue but with this blog post , I think I now know what exactly to do to my benefit . Thanks a lot for sharing
11/19/2018 01:18:28 pm
Quite informative , ,many poultry farmers needs to subscribe to this blog and learn how to handle their birds.
11/19/2018 02:15:30 pm
As regards not removing the saw dust, my birds usually litter the saw dust with their droppings, I remove them on a daily basis. the activity is quite stressful , I may try tip addressing this and observe carefully for a difference
11/19/2018 09:26:52 pm
A compost bin to fertilize the lawn...? sounds like a great idea, but considering the odour wont it be affect the fresh air I enjoy whenever I want to stay in the lawn ?
11/19/2018 10:28:25 pm
I cant help but agree with this post in all ramifications,the chicken coop needs to be cleaned regularly. These tips are quite helpful, I want to equally add that the feet of the hens needs to be checked for fecal wastes to avoid avoid contamination of the cleaned coop.
11/20/2018 03:35:45 pm
Great post ... the idea of using the waste from the poultry farm for compost pin will be helpful for making my home garden more fertile. Thanks for sharing
11/20/2018 03:51:10 pm
Fantastic post! quite informative in every sense, there is always something to learn whenever I read this blog . Kudos !keep the good job.
11/21/2018 03:40:33 am
very comprehensive post. The contents of this post speaks a lot about the experience the writer. From my experience as well, I have learnt that keeping your chicken clean is not just about cleaning its about ensuring that the coop remains in good condition entirely. I was enthralled when I deduced the same thing form this post
11/21/2018 04:03:58 am
Another great post, I think I will get my friends who are also poultry farmers to read this. It is quite informative
11/21/2018 04:10:32 am
I think chickens are generally prone to respiratory infections but with maintaining a regular cleaning regimen will really minimize this.
11/21/2018 04:19:12 am
I always feel it is impossible to clean the coop without removing the saw dust for the coop. This post is really an eye-opener, Thanks for sharing
11/21/2018 04:28:53 am
I really find it difficult to clean the coop everyday and this explains the build up of wastes in the coop, I really need to plan effectively and incorporate it to my daily routine.
2/25/2020 02:23:05 pm
Thanks for mentioning that sawdust should be completely replaced every week when maintaining a chicken coop. My uncle is planning on starting a farm since he recently inherited some land from his late father, but he needs to find some replaceable insulation for his chickens. Maybe he should use sawdust since it can be easily replaced each week.
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