How often you need to clean your coop depends on the size of the unit, and that of your flock. However, a good guideline to follow is once a week for two or three birds in an average-sized unit. With more birds you may need to do so more frequently. Any more than this and you may need a bigger unit, at which point it may then be large enough for you to only clean it out once per week. Ultimately, you know your chickens and their run better than us, so it’s down to your judgement. However, it’s really important to keep it very clean. Not only is a dirty enclosure unpleasant for your chickens, but it puts them at risk of developing a number of nasty illnesses.
Cleaning Modern Hutches
- If it’s good weather, usher your chickens out into their run and close the door behind them. Make sure they have access to food and water out in their run.
- Remove the dropping trays under the slatted sections. You can dispose of the waste in your compost bin.
- Clean and dry the trays
- Clean the food and water dispensers
- Using a disinfectant spray, wipe clean the interior of the unit
- Refill the coop with bedding and reinsert the trays
- Close the back door, and allow your chooks access again by opening the front door
Cleaning Traditional Hutches
The logistics of cleaning out your traditional chicken coop depend on the coop itself, but a rough cleaning guide should be as follows:
Again, depending on your backyard you may want to move the coop and run regularly to stop dirt building up.