It’s time to run your hens out of the hen house, into their outside run. Move feeders and water containers out of doors.
It’s time to get your hammer, nails, scraper, hoe, shovel and remove a winters worth of chicken coop poop! Remove old nest box nesting materials.
Remove dust from the places dust has been collecting since the last time you cleaned your hen house. Top of rafters, light fixtures, nest boxes and such. Last but not least, sweep your hen house.
Sanitize your hen house and nest boxes. I use a strong bleach and blue dawn dish soap mixture. Don’t forget to rinse and sun dry your nest boxes. Be sure you sanitize the hen house floor as well.
Now is a good time to paint / repaint your hen house. Start at the top and work your way down to the floor using a paint sprayer or brush. I think an out door/outside latex paint works well.
Use white or any light colored paint. Dark colored paints do not work well for painting the inside of your hen house.
* Caution Be sure to wear a filter mask that covers your nose and mouth. You can find these at almost any place that sells paint. Wear latex / rubber gloves if you them.
After everything is dry, fill nest boxes with fresh clean nesting material and you have placed them back in their proper place(s). Put down a thick layer of litter covering ‘All’ of your hen house floor.
Hint Hay or straw works well for chicken coop litter.
What you don’t have laying hens or a chicken coop… It’s time to build a coop and get you and your family 2 or 3 pullet chicks. Pullets will start laying at about 24 to 26 weeks of age and will lay well for 2 or more years. They will lay 1 egg about every 27 hours. This means that 2 hens will lay a dozen or more eggs every week.
Chickens require very little space. Two(2) or three(3) square feet of coop floor space for each hen. A 4 foot by 4 foot coop is more than enough space for four(4) laying hens.
When designing and building your new coop, build it so it is easy for you to clean and collect eggs. Chickens are not concerned about the looks of their hen house!
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