Sep 30, 2012

5 Tips for a Cleaner Coop with Less Effort!

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78 comments :

  1. I like the idea of using sand for flooring but my coop has wood flooring. I wonder if I can still put sand on top of the wood or would it ruin the wood. 

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  2. Cyn Van Antwerp11/10/12, 1:58 PM

    beautiful coop!

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  3. Jeanine Apuron11/10/12, 2:03 PM

    I've added a new coop and line it with a tarp. So much easier to clean and carry over to the garden to deposit all the good little poops! Also makes cleaning a breeze because the coop is raised.

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  4. I love reading your blog and all the pictures.   My wife an I lived in Arkansas and had a lot of chickens up there, but just moved back to Florida, and hope to get a few for down here.   Really miss them.   We have a new Grandson an decided to move back to help with him.   I've gotten a lot of good idea's from you writing and pictures.   Thanks   George Bell

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  5. Alex Summersell11/10/12, 2:23 PM

    Thanks for the tips. Always welcomed. 

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  6. I so love the brinsea brooder I have one for my 1st 15 babies but set #2to arrive Nov 27th will need there own brooder also. Thank you for referring me to brinsea products and to mypetchicken. Awesome babies made easier to care for with your great advice.

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  7. Awesome brooder! Sure would like to win one!

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  8. I so love the brinsea brooder I have one for my 1st 15 babies but set #2to arrive Nov 27th will need there own brooder also. Thank you for referring me to brinsea products and to mypetchicken. Awesome babies made easier to care for with your great advice.

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  9. Going to try the sand. Hopefull the ecoglow!

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  10. Will try the sand. And the ecoglow if I win.

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  11. Tracy Cronin11/10/12, 3:06 PM

    Always love your tips! I have a drop-board that has a 2" ledge around it. I fill it with an inch deep mix of sand and stall-dry and scoop it out every other day with a cat litter scoop. The coop stays so clean!

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  12. I could use a little more coop cleaning!!!!
    We're developing stalagmites on the roost...

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  13. Keep the chicken tips coming. I love being able to take better care of my chickies.

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  14. I like the apple cider recipe....

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  15. christyamburgey11/10/12, 5:57 PM

    I absolutely love your blog and have to sat I come back every day to see what else I can learn. I hope I win your coolest contest for the  Brisea EcoGlow 

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  16. TheChickenChick11/10/12, 6:26 PM

    Thanks Christy and good luck!

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  17. TheChickenChick11/10/12, 6:27 PM

    That's what sons are for, Suzi! Put him to work. ;)

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  18. TheChickenChick11/10/12, 6:28 PM

    Thanks Tracy! Do you have one of those monster sized kitty litter scoops?

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  19. TheChickenChick11/10/12, 6:29 PM

    Thanks so much, George. That's really nice of you to say. Congratulations on your new grandson!

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  20. TheChickenChick11/10/12, 6:29 PM

    Sounds like a smart system, Jeanine!

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  21. TheChickenChick11/10/12, 6:30 PM

    Thank you Cyn! :)

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  22. TheChickenChick11/10/12, 6:31 PM

    I would be concerned about any wood floor rotting due to the moisture from droppings. I would put linoleum over the wood (when it's totally dry) and then add bedding.

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  23. You have the best, most helpful blog I ever been on!! Thanks for helping me and so many others!!  Love Brisea EcoGlow!! jackiehumphrey

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  24. You're so helpful. Great tips, thanks.

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  25. Kathleen Leone11/10/12, 9:46 PM

    I love, love, LOVE, the fact that my one coop is raised and has a slide out tray on the bottom. Makes it SO easy to shovel out the old bedding and replace it with new every week. My other coops are walk in, so are easy peasy to shovel out. :)

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  26. TheChickenChick11/10/12, 10:16 PM

    Sounds like a smart design to me, Kathleen!

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  27. TheChickenChick11/10/12, 10:18 PM

    That's so nice of you to say, Jackie. Thank you! I hope it helps!

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  28. When I upgrade my coop this spring I'm definitely changing a few things and using the tips! :-)

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  29. I can't wait til spring to redo my coop and use the tips... I love the removable roost idea!

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  30. I just love your site !! Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to us all !!

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  31. Please enter me to win the Brisea EcoGlow! Thanks :)

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  32. thanks for all the wonderful ideas, tips and pictures for our family chickies.

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  33. Your coops are cleaner than my house lol!   Could sure use that brooder  :-)

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  34. Jessica kelly11/11/12, 9:40 AM

    I would love to have that brooder! My little guys are under one of those heat lamps now and I hate it!

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  35. I would love A brinsea for new babies!

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  36. Thanks for the ecoglow giveaway. <3 to be entered. Wow, you could eat off those coop floors, lol.

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  37. TheChickenChick11/13/12, 1:04 AM

    LOL, I wouldn't recommend it, Sarah. :/

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  38. I just followed by email, and I love the articles you write for Hobby Farms!

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  39. Bonnie Garrity11/13/12, 12:04 PM

    Safety first! I'd like to be entered to win the eco-glow!

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  40. Always love reading & learning new info from your blogs! I have a dozen RIR hatching eggs I won lastnight on thier way to me!....I sure could use this Ecoglow Brooder!! :)

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  41. love all the great tips!

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  42. darcy salvadore11/13/12, 1:49 PM

    I hope I win the ecoglow giveaway.  Even in Southern California, we need to keep our peepers warm!

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  43. <--- Look, right account this time! I haven't found the 'Kathy Cleans your Coop Contest' yet, but I haven't given up hope.

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  44. I love your blog....and sent my husband the directions for making the water heaters....hope to have a big batch of them soon !
     

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  45. Margaret webb11/13/12, 3:36 PM

    What wonderful ideas, birds everywhere are happier with this info! Thank you

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  46. Also, if you use shower enclosure panels for the inside walls, they wipe down easily.

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  47. Still not sure if I will get more chicks, but they are so cute, not sure if I can resist!  Would love to have this instead of the heat lamp, it made me nervous.

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  48. Also, the shower enclosure panels sold at the lumber yards make easily wiped down walls for the inside of your coop.

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  49. TheChickenChick11/13/12, 4:12 PM

    Oooh, brilliant idea!

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  50. TheChickenChick11/13/12, 4:13 PM

    Rightfully so, Christine. They are so dangerous.

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  51. TheChickenChick11/13/12, 4:14 PM

    Uh-oh, Jenny! Don't tell your husband I'm responsible for his honey-do list getting longer! LOL
    Thanks for following along with me on my adventures!

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  52. TheChickenChick11/13/12, 4:14 PM

    Keep looking, Kelly! LOL

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  53. TheChickenChick11/13/12, 4:16 PM

    Wow Samantha, if I ever go back to Vegas, I'm taking you with me!

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  54. TheChickenChick11/13/12, 4:17 PM

    You're in Bonnie!

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  55. TheChickenChick11/13/12, 4:18 PM

    Thanks Danielle!

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  56. I love reading your blog, great & relevant articles.  I learn something new each time!

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  57. christyamburgey11/13/12, 5:37 PM

    Many years ago when the thoughts of having chickens was only a easter whim to entertain my children (I know horrible, YES!) I experienced how dangerous those darn clip on heat lamps are. Through my own ignorance, I had my baby chicks in a box with the lamp resting on the corner of the box and clamped to the back of a chair. I lived in an apartment building and when I came home from doing laundry my apartment was filled with smoke. I rushed to the chicks to find the lamp had fallen in on one of the chicks.  I was young and ignorant...I dread to think what could have happened to all who lived in my apartment complex. This story is one that my now 14 year old still talks about today (rememeber when we had chickens?!) Now that our coop is almost finished and the chicks are on their way, I hope to create new (safe) memories for my son that involve chickens as a part of the family. The Brisea EcoGlow!  would be a great way to make that happen!

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  58. Robin Spencer11/13/12, 7:01 PM

    i love your blog...read everything you have and even come back to reread...thank you

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  59. So much great info!  Thanks!
     

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  60. So much great info!  Thanks!

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  61. Love your blog hope to win the ecoglow

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  62. I think your blog is awesome.  So full of good information.  New chicken mommy of less then a year and I'm loving them and soaking up all the information I can.  Thanks for what you do. 

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  63. Moving to a place where I can start a flock--trying to absorb all I can here. I admit to overwhelm. . .

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  64. Need the brooder heater for babies....this site is awesome!

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  65. Tammy Bittner11/14/12, 11:41 AM

    This is exactly what we did on the floor of our coop.  Ours also houses ducks s owe NEEDED it!

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  66. TheChickenChick11/14/12, 9:33 PM

    Thanks Linda and good luck!

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  67. TheChickenChick11/14/12, 9:35 PM

    Baby steps, Robin. There's a lot to learn, but none of us is ever finished learning about chicken care and you don't need to know everything before your babies arrive. Focus on having the coop and run ready before they arrive and then focus on breed selction for your climate and preferences.
    It seems overwhelming at first, but it's really easy to raise chickens and it's a TON of fun!

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  68. TheChickenChick11/14/12, 9:35 PM

    You're so nice, thank you! ♥

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  69. TheChickenChick11/14/12, 9:37 PM

    Thank you Robin. I hope it helps. ♥

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  70. TheChickenChick11/14/12, 9:38 PM

    Scary stuff, Christy. Thank you for sharing your story and I'm glad the situation wasn't worse. Best wishes with your new babies this spring, enjoy!!

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  71. TheChickenChick11/14/12, 9:39 PM

    Thank you Erica!

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  72. New to the chicken family and I would love to have this so that I may raise breeds that I cannot find here in AZ
     

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  73. I am new to the chicken family.  I would love to have this so that I may get certain eggs and hatch that I cannot find here in AZ.  I love all your information it is very helpful to a newbie as myself. 

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  74. I would love to get an echo brooder!  I think it would make me feel better to have a safer way to raise chicks!

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  75. I think my gals know best when it comes to hatching babies. However, some breeds I can only get in hatching eggs. If you don't have a broody gal you need another way to hatch your babies and I have heard these are the best incubators and the easiest. It would make a great addition to my family :)

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