Spring Cleaning

March 25, 2011
Nice and Clean

Today after yesterday’s snow, I could not wait to get out and do a little cleaning.  I originally planned to just clean the interior of the coop. However, as I began, I decided to clean the whole entire thing!  I let the original flock out to free-range.  I locked Meesha and Autumn in the run and started with the coop.  It is usually a rather quick job taking about 15 minutes.  However, today was different, I had to contend with Chocolate.

In his rooster efforts to keep his girls safe, he could not stop coming over by me.  It used to be friendly, now, I think he is determined to claim me as one of his girls.  I do have to admit, he makes me a little nervous.  I would dread to think of him hopping on my back with his claws out!  Everytime, I scraped out the dirty shavings from the coop with the dustpan, he would come running.  Almost, like an attack dog.  I would have to stop and go pick him up.

I tried with all my might to get him to know that he was okay.  I was not going to harm him or his girls.  I know that he just couldn’t help it.  Despite all my holding, snuggling, and love, which he reciprocated,  he was still on high alert.  Finally, I had to scoop him up and put him in the run with Meesha and Autumn.  Within a matter of minutes, I finished cleaning the inside of the coop and then opened the door from the coop to the run.  Meesha and Autumn were thrilled to run inside.  They are both still broody and were in a hurry to get back to their nesting boxes and sit on their invisible eggs! Chocolate followed the girls in the coop and then I locked all three of them in the coop.

On all fours, I climbed into the run.  I regraded the run and removed some large roots that the chickens had unearthed in their digging frenzies.  I filled in their sunbathing dust bowls and raked the area clean.  I also removed the plastic tarp that had been draped over the run.  It acted to keep the snow out and did a beautiful job. However, it was covered in chicken dirt and dust.  As a matter of fact, so was all of the wood and hardware on the run. I got out the hose.

I just could not stand it any longer.  I scrubbed and rinsed off the entire run and the exterior of the coop.  The entire process from beginning, cleaning the coop and scrubbing the run, took about an hour.  The girls loved free ranging during that time.  They made a happy chicken mess.  Leaves were strewn about and dirt was flying.  Once the coop and run were clean.  I returned the girls from free ranging and opened the coop door so that Chocolate could reunite with his girls.  Meesha and Autumn were content to stay in their nesting boxes.    In the yard, I went around to all of the areas where the chickens left their mark.  It is never difficult to tell where a chicken has been.    As I raked everything back into it’s place, I could not help but smile.  Chickens would never make good spies.  There is nothing stealthlike about them!

Photo credit:  Tilly’s Nest


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8 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning”

  1. What an adorable coop! You're girls and Chocolate are very lucky. And you're so right, chickens leave a wake behind them where ever they go. Ours free range all day and they keep the pine-straw on our farm looking fluffy and just laid, all-be-it la little lumpy.
    the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  2. Thanks! I always say, that chickens seem just to know how they like things. They are great at rearranging and making themselves at home. I love to watch them and observe. They make me laugh, especially Chocolate!

  3. I love the design of your coop and run! We are looking for a small set up for our cottage this summer.. so we can borrow a few girls from home and make them beach girls over the summer…! I'm with ya…our coop is ready for fresh shavings, a freshly painted entry door and a thorough cleaning inside… I did manage to wipe out the cobwebbs a couple of weeks ago! Thanks so much for linking up today for the Farmgirl Friday blog hop!

  4. Thanks for stopping by! I love seeing other people's coops. We still need to put more plantings in this summer. I also hope to add a couple of chairs near the coop for chicken watching:)

  5. How many times do you clean the coop? I use to clean my chickens pen every Friday (so once a week) but now they’re so dirty that I have to clean it twice a week and it takes 1-2 hours to clean. It’s such a nuisance but at least they get to free-range longer than usual.


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