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    How to Clean a Hen House

    ArticlePoultry AdviceMonday 07 February 2011
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    Keeping a hen house healthy and its inhabitants happy is one of the most important aspects of keeping chickens. If you neglect chicken coops you could allow manure, urine and grime to build up which will cause disease and invite bacteria. This could result in hen houses being home to unhealthy and dirty eggs. 

     

     

    Clean Hen House

    • Begin keeping chickens healthy by ensuring your lay down fresh litter on the floor of a hen house daily. This is particularly important in the winter when chickens spend a great deal of their time in chicken coops.

    • Remove all manure from the roosting bars every day too. Use a hand shovel to skim it off and put it in a compost bin to make good use of it.

    • Bedding should be rotated frequently. This means moving the bedding from the nesting boxes to the floor of hen houses, then from the manure box to the compost bin.

    • Newborn chicks need their bedding to be clean which can be done by putting down wood shavings to absorb. Also, add hay or straw for maximum effect. Be sure that when keeping chickens that are young, you remove any faecal matter that may have built up on their tail ends. This can plug them, which can lead to death.
     
    • Ensure there is sufficient ventilation in a hen house too all year round.
     
    • Sterilise the waterers about once a month to get rid of bacteria. Do this by soaking them for half an hour in hot water, dish soap and some bleach. Give it a good scrub with a brush and rinse it out thoroughly before replacing it with fresh water.

    • Every three months, carry out a thorough clean of chicken coops. Move the chickens out, open all its doors and remove the bedding. Check the inside for dry rot, rodent holes or even termites. Clean wire screens and get rid of dirt and dust. Hose down the manure boxes and allow the hen house to dry out properly before putting the chickens back in. 

     

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