Learn How to Clean and Disinfect a Chicken Coop

Keeping chickens in your backyard can be a lot of fun, and the eggs they lay are good for your family's health. On the other hand, a flock of chickens comes with its fair share of duties. Many first-time chicken owners are unsure how frequently they should clean their coop and which chores should be prioritized.

However, your chickens are at risk of infection if you don't clean the coop regularly. Thus, keeping your chicken coop clean will help you prevent the spread of disease and keep your flock healthy. Follow these step-by-step chicken coop cleaning tips and learn how to disinfect a chicken coop without spending too much time.


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1. Organize your materials

When we need to clean our homes, we grab our sprays, vacuum, mop, duster, and battle dust bunnies. An immaculately maintained chicken coop shares the same process. So, here are the materials you'll need to begin:

  • A rake, a pitchfork, a shovel, and a broom
  • A litter scoop and nesting boxes
  • A variety of different-sized scrub brushes
  • Scraper made of stainless steel
  • A mask and rubber gloves
  • Cotton cloth and a paper towel
  • Natural window and roost cleaner
  • Plastic or paper sheets to gather deep waste and droppings
  • A hose

Consider stockpiling materials in case your chicken house needs an upgrade. You can repair holes with wood scraps, steel wool, screws, and a drill. Pests won't be able to get into your coop if you plug the holes.

2. Examine the situation

Surely, you have to know what you're up against before you begin your deep cleaning. Nonetheless, it is the right opportunity to inspect your nesting boxes from all angles, look for mites in the roosts and walls, and examine the droppings board for any signs of it. Before you start cleaning, look around the coop to see if any potential problems need to be addressed.

3. Remove dirt and grime from the manure

To get to the bottom of things, start with the waste. For us, the most effective way to catch all of the debris you'll be removing is to lay out plastic sheeting along the ground and near your chicken coop’s base. So, when you remove the litter and droppings, they will all fall into one place, making it easier to wrap and haul away for disposal.

Pull down the plastic sheet on your coop's droppings board and place it on the plastic. Scrape all of the manure off the board and let it drop to the coop’s floor when you're finished. However, if you don't prefer to use plastic sheeting or tarp, you may still keep your droppings from adhering to the board. 

You need to put a layer of paper or even pine shavings on top of the board after cleaning it, and you won't have to work as hard to remove the manure.

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4. Rake up the trash

You can now clean up your droppings by placing them on the bottom of your coop or your plastic sheeting. If you apply the deep litter method, expect that you'll have to deal with a large amount of manure and litter. 

Thus, a litter scoop is a great help: since it is a tool for removing nesting box contents and scraping corners. Once you've finished,  you may use a broom to sweep what's left behind.

5. Seal it all in

Now that the litter has been removed, it's time to look for holes pests or predators may have dug. To repair them, you can use wood pieces or steel wool. Suppose you have a section of your coop with chicks that are vulnerable under a heat lamp. Patching holes becomes crucial. 

Many chicken keepers have been shocked that their chicks have vanished without a trace, only to find out that rats are the culprit.

6. Hose spray

You don't have to purchase a pressure sprayer to clean your OverEZ XL Coop. Although, an ordinary garden hose and sprayer can also do the job. Removing debris from the walls, entrances, and windows of your coop is an important part of keeping your chickens healthy. 

So to cover your coop in its entirety, begin at the top until you reach the bottom. Make sure to cover the deep litter you just removed before spraying. If it becomes wet, it might get very heavy.

7. Allow light to shine through

Open the doors of the coop to dry it out. This will make the drying process quicker. You can use a towel or two to dry the roosts and nesting boxes: then, absorb any wet spots on the floor. While you're waiting for the coop to dry, why not ponder the age-old question of which comes first: chicken or egg? 


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8. Wipe off the windows

When your coop is all dried, it's time to clean the windows. Clean both sides with a hose and a paint scraper. Use a natural cleaning spray and make sure to clean every inch of the house thoroughly.

9. Spread out the new bedding

This is the time to switch out the old bedding and start a new cycle. You can add it to your bedding and stir it up, and you're done.

If you let deep litter sit for a couple of months, you'll end up with compost that can be used on your farm. But it is only applicable if you have a mite problem. Don't put the litter in your compost pile when you have mites. Burning the bedding is the most effective method of preventing the mites from spreading throughout the house.

10. Compost pile

The plastic sheeting or whatever you placed at the bottom of your chicken coop will come in handy here. When you're finished, you may now fold up the sheet and toss it into your compost pile. To lift it, you may require assistance. 

However, chicken manure is still hot, despite microbes in the deep litter. So you may use it as fertilizer by adding it to your compost pit and not use it again as you remove it from the coop.

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A Clean Coop Means a Happy Flock!

Undoubtedly, there is an amazing sensation that you'll get when you've completed a thorough house cleaning and walking through the house is an experience in itself. You take a deep breath in and marvel at how immaculately clean every room is. Alongside, when you deep clean your OverEZ Large Chicken Coop, you'll feel the same way, and so will your chickens.

If you've ever been interested in raising chickens in your backyard, you've come to the right idea because they are the simplest farm animals to care for. Thus, keeping your chickens happy and healthy is easier when you keep their environment clean. 

Maintaining a healthy flock and producing high-quality eggs is as simple as following these cleaning instructions for a chicken coop. Surely, Buffalo Backyard Store has everything you need to start, grow, and maintain your flock all year round.