How do you keep a coop clean?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering' started by charliechapman911, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. charliechapman911

    charliechapman911 New Member

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    I have recently got some new chickens and a new coop but It keeps getting really mucky really quickly lately... I have to clean them out every day at the moment but when I go back to school I won't be able to do it every dat!!!?? Is it like a faze they go threw with a new coop? Is it the chickens? Have you got any tips to keep it cleaner? Thanks
     
  2. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    I hate to say this but it may be your coop is too small. Also I believe that you should be scooping and cleaning and checking them daily anyway. You could do that at night.
     

  3. charliechapman911

    charliechapman911 New Member

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    The coop cant be too small because I have 7 birds and there in a 15 bird coop???? They have plenty of room!! I sopose I could do It at night but it's a bit of a ball ache doing it every night so what do you think and I do check on them every day but I cant be assed to clean them out every night
     
  4. rob

    rob New Member

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    just because its advertised as a 15 bird coop does not mean it is. you should have around 4 square feet per bird or 2 square feet for bantams.

    cleaning is easy if you keep on top of it, i pick up droppings daily and clean out completly once a week.
     
  5. charliechapman911

    charliechapman911 New Member

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    It's advertised as a 23 bird coop but we would only suit it for 15 and that's with 6 squar feet for each bird
     
  6. rob

    rob New Member

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    should be plenty big enough then mate, just keep on top of the droppings everyday and youll find its easy to keep clean.
     
  7. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Someone from CLUCK just posted an article about using cement sand in their coop. Keeps the smell down. Good for grit. They scoop it like a kitty litter box. It also insulates the floor from drafts. That might be your answer.
     
  8. charliechapman911

    charliechapman911 New Member

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    Thanks I will be shore to try that! Thanks :)
     
  9. charliechapman911

    charliechapman911 New Member

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    Think there happy
     

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  10. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    I'm with Rob. I have vinyl flooring in mine with woodchips on the floor. I keep $ store salad tongs with an icecream bucket. Mess is only really under their roost so it only takes me a couple minutes. My nose appreciates the quickie clean job and they appreciate it too. ;) (I have 8 hens.)
     
  11. stu-hens

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    Looks big enough for 7 hens although cant see how its 6feet square per bird for 15 hens as that would need to be 90 foot square ie 10 feet by 9 feet and that looks no bigger than about 3 by 4 feet ???
     
  12. redmaples

    redmaples Junior Member

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    that coup is too small. I have 26 birds in 12 x 12 coup they have plenty of room and their run is 4 to 5 time as big(maybe bigger) but I have it divided so I can let one side rest while the other is being used. When its light outside they are out ALL day. I keep about a 4 inch layer of shavings on the floor. I don't scoop poop!!! 26 birds too much poop!! I do rake it every other day or so and change out the shavings every 2 weeks or so. Honestly I don't get alot of poop in there to have to scoop anyway. winter is a little different. as they don't go out inthe snow!!!

    I also try to let them out to roam the yard everyevening but the younger ones for some reason couldn't figure out how to get back in and I went out they were roosted all over the place.
     
  13. FogBankPro

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    I've seen that coop advertised. It is a tiny prefab coop. I was looking at it myself but it would have been too small for my five birds. Who told you it could house 23? Parakeets maybe but not chickens. I mean, how would they even fit. It's tiny. It's too small for seven chickens, I'm sorry but it is.
    Here are the dimensions and as advertised bird allowable
    Overall Size: 51"W x 26 1/2"D x 43 1/2"H
    Living Area: 33 3/4"W x 26 1/2"D
    Nesting Box: 23 1/2"L x 11 3/4"W
    Hold up to 8-10 Bantams or 4-5 Large