The sun is shining, the days are warming and the sun is staying out later. It’s spring on the homestead and while we are basking in the warmth of the spring sun, we are also up to our eyeballs in chores. This winter was our first one keeping small livestock. It was also one the harshest, longest, snowiest winters we’ve had in a long time. But alas, it is over (I hope, we did have snow last week) and spring has sprung. Spring is a time for new life — from the baby bunnies to the cherry belle radishes poking through my seed tape — and it is also a time for starting anew, starting fresh. And that means cleaning not just the house, but the animal houses. And that means spring cleaning the chicken coop.
We practiced the deep litter method over the winter months since weekly cleanings were not an option. Instead of cleaning out the coop regularly, you just keep adding more and more straw. The coop got cleaned during the few warm spells but other then that, we just kept tossing in the straw.
I cleaned out the winter’s mess a few weeks ago but I have been meaning to do more to truly clean up the chicken coop, especially since we are getting a regular supply of eggs now. I want to make sure our coop is as clean as it can be for a place where chicken’s sleep, poop and lay eggs.