The project and olive egger chicks are growing fast. I am ready to get them out of the brooders and into a coop. Last week I re-homed several young cockerels and emptied one of the small coops. It was a mess of course. Chickens are messy. Period. Michael helped me get it cleaned out and by this time tomorrow it will be home to eleven grow outs.
Michael shoveled out the used bedding into the bed of the Polaris. Tomorrow it will be dumped in the donkey pasture to compost and feed the grass.
Next I hosed the coop out with water and vacuumed it out with the shop vac.
Since this was a deep cleaning, I finished by spraying the entire interior of the coop with disinfectant.
We left the coop open for the night to dry and air out.
Even after six months of use the coops are in great shape. Amazing considering the leaks and flooding we had in the beginning.
I even sprayed the chick dust off the ceiling.
It will be moving day tomorrow for these project chicks and the olive eggers in the basement. Gosh, chicks are messy.
Update: The juvenile chicks survived their first night and day in the coop.
The two little flocks have combined into one bigger flock. The pink leg bands identify the olive egger chicks.