Maybe I am a little OCD when it comes to cleaning the chicken coop. Possibly the coop gets cleaned more often than the house does. :) I find that cleaning the coop in the morning is kind of therapeutic. I just feel good doing it. And I have done a ton of research to learn tips and tricks for making the daily cleaning easy to do.
When I had my first coop 16 years ago, cleaning was my LEAST favorite part. I hated it! I procrastinated having to do it! With just a few easy steps you can enjoy cleaning your coop too!
For me, sand is really the key to it all. Each morning when I visit the coop I take a good look at all the girls to make sure they are all doing well and then I grab my trusty cat litter scoop and metal pie server and get to work. I scoop the floor area to pick up any droppings and scoop the poop board. All of the droppings are deposited in the poop bucket. I use a little rake to sweep through the sand. It is a little like having a sand zen garden. :)
Ok, I don't make fancy designs in the sand. (Yet)
The clean coop
And a little peek at the cleaning supplies in my coop.
My husband made me a small shelf to hold my wipes, ACV, and a roll of paper towels. I also have hooks for my duster, hand broom, litter scoop, and metal pie server. On the wall I have a board to hold my small rake, my pitchfork, and my broom. A little note here...the pitchfork and rake are always placed in the coop with the tines down. Chickens can be clumsy and have a way of flying into things. By keeping the tines down I reduce the risk of anyone getting injured. I still have some painting to do as you can see. :) Any volunteers to come help?
Once a week I empty the poop bucket back in our tree line. At some point I hope to have a composting area but for now this works fine. Once a week I also use the duster to dust off the feed cans and surfaces in the chicken coop. Coops have a way of being very dusty.
I am also pretty meticulous about keeping the run clean. I have another litter scoop and pie server by the run that I use to pick up droppings. The pie server really is great for the run area where there is still some grass.
I read a post yesterday where someone said that it is "wrong" to keep chickens if you have to keep them in a run. :( While I would LOVE to be able to let my small flock free range it just isn't possible where I live. And I think my girls might disagree with the poster. I work very hard to be sure that they have a wonderful safe home. How do you feel about keeping chickens in a run?