Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about Mud Season. That glorious time between winter and spring when your driveway, yard and chicken run are mud. This is also the time of year when you typically start to smell your chicken coop again. The cold winter season, if you’re from the northern United States, will often mask the smell of your chicken coop but when spring and that warmer weather return, you know it’s time to get cleaning. To control the effects of mud season and chicken coop odor, we want to share a few ways we care for our chickens.
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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings.
Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about Mud Season. That glorious time between winter and spring when your driveway, yard and chicken run are mud. This is also the time of year when you typically start to smell your chicken coop again. The cold winter season, if you’re from the northern United States, will often mask the smell of your chicken coop but when spring and that warmer weather return, you know it’s time to get cleaning.
To control the effects of mud season and chicken coop odor, we want to share a few ways we care for our chickens.
First, clean out that old bedding material whether you use, straw, shavings or sand. Replace your coop with fresh bedding and sprinkle with SWEET PDZ CHICKEN COOP REFRESHER to help absorb moisture and unpleasant odors.
Mud can also take it’s effect on your nesting boxes, making a mess of eggs. An EGG BRUSH does come in handy for removing muddy messes without washing off the bloom. Help reduce your egg cleaning workload by cleaning out your nesting boxes and replacing their bedding. Use a NESTING BOX BLEND from Treats for Chickens to help repel mites, pests and other contaminants while providing a soothing environment to promote laying.
Next, take your feeders, waterers and any additional grit, oyster shell or treat containers and give them a good scrub with a 10% bleach solution. Rinse thoroughly and let them dry completely before returning them to your coop or run. To help improve your water pH levels and prevent algae and dangerous bacteria growth, fill your waterers with fresh clean water and top with a thin layer of FIRST SATURDAY LIME.
Lastly, with the ground saturated give your chickens a clean space to dust bath. Use an old tire, kiddy pool, large feed tub, custom-built box, or a hole with a liner to reduce moisture. Mix a combination of wood ash, sand, soil and DIATOMACEOUS EARTH. Thoroughly mix ingredients, add to your container of choice and place within your coop or covered run.
And if you’re feeling really in the mood to spring clean consider whitewashing the inside of your chicken coop with a lime solution. Not only will this spruce up your coop, but it also provides antibacterial properties while protecting against insects. Mix 8 Cups of FIRST SATURDAY LIME, 2 Cups of Salt and 1 Gallon of Water. Remove everything and thoroughly clean your coop. Using a paintbrush apply a coat to the inside of your coop. Allow it to dry thoroughly and apply a second coat. Once the whitewash has dried completely, allow your chickens to return to their fresh home.
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Mud season just got more manageable. And that’s your weekly Moment with Meyer.
Enjoy the rest of your week and as always thanks for listening!
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