Well it’s that time of the year that I like to have a big clean of the girls coop. The hot season has finished and the wet season is on its way. The perfect weather to pull everything out and give it a good scrub.
This was the state of the coop before I started:
The sand was getting very low and there were splatters along the back wall. All will be sparkly clean!
The first job was to get everything out, including the nest boxes and tarp on the floor. This was taken away to be cleaned later.
Next was to scrub those walls and sweep out all the debris that had collected under the tarp. To wash the walls I just used a mild detergent and rinsed it well after.
Now isn’t that better! (oops I spilt some water on the floor) Time to let it dry out while I get on with the next job.
Now this was the exact reason why I wanted to use tarp under the sand. It makes it so easy to clean. Obviously with more hens with a larger coop this would become impracticable but with my small flock it’s very manageable. Again I used the mild detergent and gave it a good scrub and rinsed it off. Job done!
On to the next phase, nest box cleaning. Now I didn’t get a photo of this because it would be quite a boring photo to be honest. Just me cleaning a couple of milk crates, so instead I’ll post a photo of some tarp hanging out to try, much more unusual!
Now the fun stuff begins, putting it all back in! With the coop floor nicely dry again I layed the tarp down, and put the 3 bags of play sand down:
I like using play sand for a few reasons. If its clean enough for children to play in then it’s good enough for my girls! Plus it always looks so white and new looking.
Once down I placed the roost back into place (thinking about rearranging the roost position soon atm) and put the nest boxes back in place. I have however placed them further inside the coop away from the front window because of the few pesky girls who like to roost on there at night and like to poop all over the top of the nest boxes. Well not anymore!
So for the final reveal. Taadaa!
And for a comparison:
Was a long afternoon but totally worth it, so nice to know that the girls will be going to bed knowing their home is nice and clean.