Neglecting to clean out your chicken coop regularly puts your flock at risk of infection. People who don’t clean out their chicken coops regularly can lose chickens to diseases that could easily be prevented with regular cleaning. Keeping your chicken coop clean will reduce the chances of spreading germs and help you keep your flock healthy.
Cleaning the floors, getting rid of any mold and litter, cleaning the nesting boxes, and changing your chicken’s bedding will kill the germs and reduce the possibility of spreading germs inside your chicken coop.
If you don’t clean your chicken coop regularly, bacteria and other diseases can grow in the coop. This can make your chickens sick and could even make you or your family members sick from taking care of the chickens. So, this is why it’s important to clean your chicken coop regularly. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean a chicken coop and keep your chickens healthy and happy.
How often you should be cleaning a chicken coop?
You should provide fresh food and fresh water every day, and you should clean the bedding out once a week or once a month(the deeper the bedding layer the less often you have to clean it out). It’s best practice to do a total clean-out at least twice a year. It’s not always fun to clean your coop, but it’s one of the most important tasks that have to get done. Cleaning a chicken coop can vary depending on the coop size, layout, and how many chickens you have. The best time to clean your coop is when you begin to see dust, dirt, and cobwebs, dirty chicken coop bedding, dirty nesting material, and built-up chicken feces.
Why should you clean your coop?
One of the illnesses you can get from not cleaning your backyard chicken coop is Salmonella. Most infections happen when someone is handling their chickens and the chicken’s fecal matter gets on their hand, and then they accidentally ingest it when they touch their mouth. You could avoid this illness by cleaning the chicken coop.
It makes my chickens feel better!
“Even if you don’t get a new flock of birds this year, it’s a good idea to thoroughly clean out your coop on occasion. I like to do a super deep clean each spring. It just makes me feel better, so I therefore assume it makes my chickens feel better. I have no idea if that’s logical, but I’m sticking with it.”
– Jill Winger, the Prairie Homestead