Keeping your chicken clean

Close up Chickens

Chicken coops need to be cleaned regularly, but this needn’t be a chore.

Each week remove the shavings from the house and nest boxes, brush everything out of the corners and replace with fresh bedding. Food and water containers should be washed and dried regularly. At least once a month scrape the perches and disinfect the house with a pet friendly disinfectant. It is best if the chicken coop is treated regularly with a mite powder and nest boxes dusted weekly with a louse powder. As a guide, if their feet or eggs are dirty, it may mean that their coop needs to be cleaned out more often.

Chicken droppings are very rich in nitrogen and are ideal to add to any compost heap.