Imagine this: you wake up to the gentle chirping of birds outside your window, and as you step into your backyard, you’re greeted by a bustling chicken coop filled with happy hens.
The sight of them pecking at the ground and basking in the sunlight brings a sense of joy and fulfilment. But maintaining a chicken coop requires effort and knowledge to ensure your feathered friends thrive in a safe and comfortable environment.
That’s where Somerzby comes in – Australia’s leading chicken coop manufacturer with expert tips on how to maintain your chicken house effectively. With our insights, you can provide your chickens with everything they need for optimal health and happiness.
From cleaning techniques to predator-proofing strategies, we’ll cover it all. So, if you’re ready to create an ideal home for your beloved flock, keep reading!
Section 1: Daily Checklist
To keep your chickens healthy, daily maintenance of the coop is essential. By following these simple steps, you can keep your feathered friends happy.
Remove Uneaten Scraps Daily
One of the first tasks on your daily maintenance checklist is to remove any uneaten food from the chicken coop, especially vegetable scraps. Removing leftover scraps can prevent pests and bacterial growth.
Refill Food and Water Containers Regularly
Chickens have the same basic needs as any other pet – they need access to food and water throughout the day.
It’s crucial to regularly refill their food and water containers to keep them fed and hydrated. Make sure the water is clean and free from debris or contaminants.
Maintain Clean Bedding
Clean bedding plays a vital role in maintaining a chicken coop free from health problems. Regularly remove soiled bedding, such as straw or wood shavings, as they can harbour bacteria and cause unpleasant odours.
Replace it with fresh bedding material to provide a clean and comfortable space for your chickens.
Collect Eggs from Nest Boxes
Collecting eggs promptly ensures they remain intact and reduces potential disturbances within the flock.
Check for Signs of Illness or Injury
As part of your daily chicken care tasks, take a few moments to observe your flock for any signs of illness or injury. Look out for abnormal behaviour, such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or changes in feather appearance.
If you notice any concerning symptoms, it’s essential to address them promptly to prevent the spread of disease and ensure the well-being of your flock.
By incorporating these daily chicken care requirements into your routine, you can create a clean and healthy environment for your chickens.
Section 2: Regular Cleaning
Keeping your chicken coop clean is an essential part of maintaining your flock’s health.
Essential to Keep the Coop Clean Regardless of Cleaning Method
No matter which cleaning method you choose, it’s important to prioritise cleanliness in your chicken coop. A clean environment helps prevent the build-up of dirt, dust, and bacteria that can lead to health issues for your chickens.
Regular cleaning ensures that any waste or debris is removed promptly, reducing the risk of infection and disease. It also helps control unpleasant odours that can accumulate in a dirty coop.
Use Natural Cleaning Agents for Disinfection
Monthly chicken care tasks include using natural cleaning agents like vinegar to deep clean your coop. Vinegar has antimicrobial properties that help kill bacteria and germs without posing any harm to your chickens.
To use vinegar as a disinfectant, mix equal parts vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle. Spray this solution on surfaces such as nesting boxes, perches, and walls to kill bacteria and eliminate odours. Remember to let the area dry thoroughly before reintroducing your chickens.
Wash, scrub and clean waterers with dish soap when required.
Deep Litter vs. Spot-Cleaning
There are two main approaches you can take.
With spot-cleaning, you remove any visible waste or soiled bedding on a daily basis. Once per week, you remove all the bedding and replace it with clean straw or pine shavings.
This approach is the most popular method for backyard chicken keepers as it minimises odours. It is highly recommended for Somerzby chicken coops.
Deep Litter Method
This method involves adding a thick layer of bedding material (such as straw or wood shavings) on the floor of the coop. As time goes by, droppings and other waste materials get mixed with the bedding, creating compost-like conditions.
Regularly turning over the bedding helps promote decomposition.
This method can be quite smelly in warmer months and requires the coop to have taller edges so the compost does not spill outside the coop. We do not recommend this method in Somerzby chicken coops.
By incorporating regular cleaning into your chicken coop maintenance routine, you ensure a healthier living environment for your chickens. It also makes it easier for you – the longer you leave the mess, the worse it is to clean!
Section 3: Coop Design for Easy Maintenance
Somerzby understands the importance of easy maintenance. Our designs are specifically crafted with features that make it convenient for even novice chicken keepers to maintain their coops throughout the year.
Somerzby Coops Designed with Fox-Proof Features
One of the key aspects of Somerzby coops is their focus on providing a secure environment for your chickens. Our coops are built with fox-proof features, ensuring that your feathered friends are protected from potential predators.
All our coops have sturdy wire mesh on the sides that is 0.9mm thick. In 10 years of business, we have never had anyone report a fox was able to break through this wire.
If your coop is placed on soft ground, a fox may be able to dig in underneath. Somerzby’s Deluxe Mansion features fox-proof wire on the floor too so foxes cannot dig their way in. This model offers complete protection and peace of mind!
Easy Cleaning with a Pull Out Tray
On all Somerzby chicken coops, the floor of the perching area is a pull out metal tray. This makes cleaning simple!
First, you will need to cover the tray with absorbent, disposable bedding. We recommend putting down one layer of newspaper and then a second layer of pine shavings or similar. If your chickens poo directly on the tray repeatedly, it can lead to rusting over time.
When it comes time to clean, simply slide out the tray and tip the soiled bedding into the compost or green waste bin. Slide the tray back into place and add fresh bedding. Simple!
Large Opening Doors for Easy Access
All Somerzby coops have large opening doors, giving you full access to the perching area while standing outside the coop.
Coops by other companies have small doors that make it awkward to reach inside or they require you to be fully standing inside the chicken coop to be able to access the perches. This makes cleaning impossible!
At Somerzby, our coops are easy to access making them easy to clean making life easier for you!
Section 4: General Poultry Care
In addition to coop maintenance, general poultry care is crucial for the welfare of your chickens. Let’s dive into some of the most important tasks when caring for your feathered friends.
Balanced Diet Essential
Providing a balanced diet is essential for proper poultry care and optimal egg production. Just like humans need a variety of nutrients to stay healthy, chickens also require specific nutrients in their diet. Here are some key points to consider:
- Feed Quality: Choose high-quality commercial feed specifically formulated for chickens based on their age (starter feed for chicks and layer mash for hens). Ensure the food is free from mould or pests.
- Supplements: Consider providing additional supplements such as calcium (for strong egg shells) and grit (to aid digestion). However, consult with an expert before introducing any supplements.
- Fresh Water: Always provide clean and fresh water to keep your chickens hydrated throughout the day.
Providing a Stimulating Environment
Creating a stimulating environment is essential to promote natural behaviour among your flock. Chickens are curious creatures and enjoy engaging in various activities.
- Free-Range Time: Allow your chickens some time to roam free in a safe and secure run where they can scratch, peck, and explore the surroundings.
- Dust Bathing Area: Create a designated area filled with dust or dry soil where chickens can indulge in their natural instinct to dust bathe. This helps keep their feathers clean and free from pests.
- Enrichment Toys: Introduce toys or objects like hanging cabbage, mirrors, or perches to keep your chickens entertained and mentally stimulated.
How Often Should I Clean My Backyard Chicken Coop?
It is recommended to perform daily spot cleans and then fully clean out all bed material at least once per week. However, if you notice any signs of odour or excessive waste buildup, it may be necessary to clean more frequently.
What Should I Include In My Chickens’ Diet For Optimal Health?
A balanced diet for chickens should include a combination of commercial poultry feed, fresh vegetables, fruits, and access to grit for digestion. Consult with a veterinarian for specific dietary recommendations.
How Can I Protect My Chickens From Predators?
To protect your chickens from predators, ensure your coop has secure fencing and wire mesh on the ground to prevent digging. Lock the coop securely at night and consider using motion-activated lights as deterrents.
Congratulations on reaching the end of this blog post! You have learned valuable tips and tricks for raising chickens, maintaining a clean coop and keeping your flock healthy.
With Somerzby’s expert advice, you are well-equipped to provide your backyard chickens with a comfortable and safe environment.
Now that you know the importance of regular maintenance, cleaning, and thoughtful coop design, it’s time to put your knowledge into action.
Take pride in keeping your coop tidy and secure, knowing that it directly contributes to the well-being of your feathered friends. Remember, a happy chicken means more delicious fresh eggs for you!
If you’re ready to take your chicken-keeping journey to the next level, why not explore Somerzby’s range of high-quality coops?
Our designs prioritise low maintenance while ensuring the safety and happiness of your chickens. Invest in a coop that reflects your commitment to providing the best care for your flock.