Here at Gillis Gardens, we are big believers in preventative measures for maintaining good flock health. Part of that is a bi-annual coop cleaning.
As I have mentioned before in my Winterize Your Chickens Blog, we use the deep litter method to help keep our girls home warm in the coldest of Northern Maine winter. This means, come spring, the coop has about 10 inches of compacted, broken down, composted litter that needs to be removed, and replaced with nice new clean pine shavings.
I used a shovel, a pitch fork and a wheelbarrow.
I had about 5 loads of great “brown” compost for our pile, and made the chickens very happy, I’m sure.
Izzy helped by giving them rocks.
Well, that concludes that. I know, its a short one, but trust me, it’s important to clean your coop. If you can smell something, your flock is breathing that in all night while they sleep. Preventative maintenance is worth every moment.
Otherwise, on the homestead, we are building a few things, so I’m going to call it on this one and move on to the next.
Until next time, have a wicked good day.