We have the chickens being chickens;
It was a very nice day for November today, which I was grateful for as Wednesday is my cleaning day. Therefore I let the chickens out;
Right, onto the cleaning itself.
I have an 3m Eglu Cube made by Omlet.
Firstly, the two poo/wee trays, which slide underneath the roosting bars very easily, I line with three sheets of newspaper each.
Cleaning them, I roll the paper into bin bags and lean them for a couple of seconds against the Cube’s side in order for any extra loose poo to come off.
Next, I put one against a lawn chair on the grass. The clip at the back is perfect for holding the tray still. I hose off the tray.
On the following, you will see that where the paper has leaked there are black lines;
These just need a quick rub. I keep two purple j-cloths under the coop’s cover;
On the following two videos,I show you how to unbolt the roof, the inside of the coop and the side door;
Now I show you how to take out the nest box door and roosting bars;
Now, to clean the roosting bars, do the same as with the trays. Don’t forget to clean the back, sides and in between the bars;
Leave to dry;
Now for the inside. Starting with the nest box;
I line this with two sheets of newspaper and then put straw in. I did used to use sawdust but straw is so much easier in every way, plus the chickens seem to prefer it.
As with the trays, I remove any eggs (placing them somewhere they won’t roll off), then put handfuls into another bin bag. Make sure you don’t accidentally put any eggs in there.
Or the hole in the middle of a table;
Just to name a few.
Yes, it does go everywhere.
Found this and thought I’d share;
For the nest box door, just a quick rub.
Just hose the rest out…
Then scrub those sides and by the door. Wash the ladder, too, if you like.
I tend to put the side back on and leave it to dry for a few hours.
This is when I noticed that Hyacinth was chasing the dogs;
Penultimately, as the door was shut to the chickens when they were in their run and I went to a Weave Workshop with one of my dogs, they decided to lay in the run.
A Bantam egg was laid in between the small water feeder and the Glug water feeder;
Also, a pink Brown Ranger egg was laid under the ladder;
So, after shutting them in for the night, I crawled into the chicken’s run in order to retrieve the eggs. 10 minutes, a change of trousers and two very washed hands later;
Finally, Olivia’s final thought;