A weekly job as an owner of chickens is to clean out the hen coop. Just like we clean our houses every week, your hens will appreciate a clean environment to catch some downtime and lay eggs. It is important to keep your chicken coop clean, as a build up of droppings will cause an accumulation of ammonia, and this gas can be damaging to your birds' respiratory system and eyes.
The Eglus just need a good scrub and a wash down to keep them squeaky clean
Once a week you should remove all the droppings and replace the hens' bedding. Some houses will need some scrubbing to get rid of all the muck. Our Eglus are all easy to clean coops, and can be hosed down. Make sure your coop is dry before putting fresh bedding in. You can sprinkle a mite powder or Diatomous Earth powder to prevent any bugs making a home in your chicken coop. If you can move your coop to a new area, do so after you have cleaned the coop.
Types Of Bedding
There are several types of floor litter that can be used. The best floor litters are ones that are dust free, and absorbent. Bedding can be a matter of personal preference, and affordability. As long as it is safe for your hens then the choice is yours. Omlet stocks all the types of bedding listed below, click here to choose your bedding.
Spring-Cleaning the Coop
Once a year your chicken coop will need a thorough clean. A good time of year to do this is at the end of summer when the weather's still nice. It is best to do a deep clean on a sunny day as the coop will dry quicker and the UV rays can kill bacteria.
It's easy to replace your chickens' bedding and they'll really appreciate it
When carrying out a deep clean you will need to take apart the coop and remove all the internal parts. If you have a pressure washer, and blast with this in all the nooks and crannies is a great way to clean the coop. When washing the coop make sure you are very thorough. If you don’t have a pressure washer you can use a detergent to scrub the house clean, and then rinse with water. You can use disinfectants such as Pure Planet Poultry Spray to ensure all any nasties remaining are killed.
After a deep clean leave the coop to dry. The longer you can leave the coop the better.