Maintaining Your Chicken Coop
When raising chickens, one of the first things you’ll end up considering is
the coop. Your chickens need a place to stay, and they certainly won’t be sleeping in the house with you.
That’s why it’s so important that they have a clean, warm, coop to call their own. It’s also why
maintaining said coop is vital to living with chickens. Here are a few things to consider to help you
maintain your coop for years to come.
Chickens are messy. No more messy than any other animals, but living in a
single confined space will absolutely magnify the situation. They can’t be housebroken or learn how to just use
a litter tray, so they’ll be using the bedding you provide quite a lot. It’s a good idea to do a quick sweep of
the coop once or twice a week for dirt and feathers as they collect since clutter breeds a mess. A general
sweep of bedding should also occur fairly frequently as it can get ripe rather quick.
Deep Clean Almost as Often:
That bedding I just mentioned is going to keep getting more and more filthy as
time goes on, despite how good you are with weekly cleanings. That’s why you should make sure to change out
bedding on a regular basis to help stop parasites and insects from getting too comfortable and multiplying. You
may hear that you can leave bedding for a few months, but it’s much better to do a full clean of your coop
roughly once a month. This will take a bit longer than the weekly cleanings because you’ll need to do more than
just sweep it out. Getting in deep with the dirt and grit building up in the corners will help to eliminate
unwanted pests and just perpetuates a cleaner, healthier environment.
Check Your Structure Frequently and Make Repairs:
Usually the best time to check your coop is in the spring as fall and winter
take the greatest toll on any structure, but there’s no excuse to neglect checking your coop now and then for
basic things. Is there a crack in the wall? Is there a hole in the roof? Is the screen on the front becoming
warped? Neglecting these things will only create a bigger problem later down the line, so if you see something
amiss, fix it as soon as you get the chance.
And that’s thankfully all you really need to do to maintain your chicken coop.
There’s always the thought of adding another coop should your flock expand, but other than that, regular
cleanings and inspections should keep your coop standing strong for years to come.
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Poultry Diseases and How to Prevent Them
Chicken Nutrition- What Your Chicken Needs
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Protecting Your Flock From
Common Chicken Parasites
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Molting: That's One Ugly Chicken!
How To Water-Bathe a Chicken
Helping Chickens Avoid Heat Stress
How Not to Care for Chickens
Maintaining Your Chicken Coop
Cannibalism In Chickens and What To Do To
Trimming Your Chicken's Beak
What Every Chicken Needs
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Considering a Movable Chicken Coop
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Selecting the Proper Feeder for Your
Cleaning Up After Your Chickens
The Proper Way to Handle a Chicken
Keeping Your Chickens' Nails in Check