Cleaning The Chicken Coop

Another sure sign of spring? The annual BIG chicken coop cleaning!

The weather has been in the 40’s thischicken enjoying a clean coop whole past week which meant that before mud season, while the ground was still hard enough to hold the tractor, the winter pile-up from the chickens was soft enough to be able to shovel.

The family pulled together and in only an afternoon we had the place mucked out and the chickens were overjoyed at their new clean digs.

They didn’t mind being kicked outside for the day because the sun was out and we gave them a spring treat of mealworms! With happy chickens scratching in the mud and the coop getting cleaner with each shovel-full, it was a pretty nice day on the farm. It might not seem like glamorous work, but we all actually enjoyed it. Sometimes a little manual labor makes you feel accomplished and we sure feel like we moved mountains today!

clean coop

Once back inside they made themselves at home and rearranged all of the wood shavings! We scrubbed out the nesting boxes too and put a nice clean layer of wood shavings inside.

scratching the shavings

clean nesting boxes

It was so nice to step back and have that big chore out of the way. Now we can welcome spring in style and collect eggs in a bright clean coop for upcoming warmer days! Bacon, our bold and vocal chicken made sure we all knew that it was about time!


letting us know it was about time


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8 responses to “Cleaning The Chicken Coop”

  1. Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread says :

    Cleaning a coop is like other manual labor jobs. There is a beginning, middle, end and a feeling of satisfaction of a job well done. 🙂 Plus when you reach in to get those fresh eggs you don’t grab anything you really don’t want to grab.

  2. KerryCan says :

    What a big job, and so satisfying to have it finished!

  3. Pam says :

    Thats my job on Monday…plus the turkey coop as well.
    Hi there. I saw your scrapple post on pinterest and was excited to see a fellow Vermonter.
    I have to say that a crappy day at farm chores is better than any day at a “job”. I’d rather shovel poop on my homestead than work for anyone, anywhere!

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