|Nice clean coop with new perches <3|
The chicken coop is mostly water proof, but it has large windows to help cool it during the miserably hot summers here, and so when the wind blows the rain comes right in. I use the deep-litter method. I clean the coop out about twice a year and then just add pine chips when needed in between cleanings. It works wonderfully! Because pine chips are added fairly frequently, the chicken poo dries up and there is no smell. The only time it smells is when it gets wet, which it definitely did over the last few days. It was nice to get it cleaned out.
|Compost out of the bottom (ground) level of the coop.|
My garden will LOVE this!
After all of the shavings are cleared, I use Hi-Yield to dust the inside of the coop. It can also be used directly on chickens, pets, livestock, or veggie plants. It has the same active ingredient as Frontline and kills pests such as lice, fleas, and ticks. Like I said earlier, I don't like using chemicals. I feel better about using this than Sevin-Dust on my animals though, which is what many people use to rid chickens of lice. I put it in a sock and plop it around on the floor and the walls and then cover it with fresh pine shavings. It is also easier to dust the birds like this. I have heard of putting a chicken in a bag up to its head, putting some dust in the bag, and then shaking it. It cracks me up just thinking about it. I prefer to shake-n-bake my chickens when I am eating them, not when I am dusting them. My roosters would never forgive me for embarrassing them like that in front of their ladies!
I took out the automatic feeders that I built last year. Water kept getting inside of them and molding the feed. I much prefer the round red feeders. The chickens and turkeys can all gather around it at the same time. More feeder space with less space taken up by the actual feeder. The automatic feeder had apparently looked like a good place for a momma mouse to have babies. The chicken and turkey hens got them the second I moved the feeder. I hate to kill babies but I don't want mice living in my chicken coop and apparently the hens were fine with taking care of that problem for me. I put a thin layer of pine shavings back in the bottom and filled the top up. Much will be scratched back to the bottom level, and I will keep adding more to the top. It will be cleaned again in the fall when I start getting everything ready for winter.
While I am on perches, I never mentioned what I pulled together for the turkeys a couple months ago. They enjoy their roost too, which unlike the chicken roosts, is made of 2x4s. I basically made a saw horse. I have had to reinforce it a couple of times because the turkeys are very heavy and once it starts leaning it topples over! Most of them enjoy perching on it at night, although some still insist on sleeping on the ground. Can't please everyone!