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Happy first chicken egg day; happy first coop cleaning day 
16th-Oct-2013 09:27 am
Goldie pbhttt
Last night, I had resolved that I would clean the chicken coop this morning. My plan worked perfectly, but took longer than I would like. I will have to figure out how to speed it up, or change when I get up in order to accomodate the timing. I also want a different/better light that is perhaps more waterproof.

After yesterday's eye-watering experience of opening the back of the coop, I decided to air it out before attempting to stick my face near it again. So this morning, I put the dog away first, then did chicken chores. Chickens don't like dark, so I snagged the big square battery light as my first tool in the migration. Before I let the chickens out, I grabbed the coop run by the end and dragged the entire contraption about 5 feet forward and to one side of where it had been, so the chickens would have new grass. I turned on the light and laid it face-down on the top of the coop run away from the Eglu, then opened the coop door for the chickens to come out into the run. Then I took hay out to the goats while the coop aired out somewhat and the chickens settled into fake-light morning.

I came back, locked the chickens out of the Eglu, and took off the back door, which had poop on it (of course). I carried the door over to the front pasture water spigot, and went back for the two floor pieces. There was a brief, celebratory pause in the cleaning process while I carried the first egg over to the waiting egg carton in the hay barn. I took the two floor layers over to the water spigot - horizontally so as not to dump poop everywhere - and then shook them out in the triangle area by the front pasture. I propped all three squares (door, roosting floor, bottom cover) against the fence and sprayed them clean. I carried all three pieces back in one trip, shaking the water off as I walked. I put new straw around the nesting dish, and closed it all back up. I did remember to re-open the coop for the chickens to go back inside. As a final settling-down of the chickens, I dumped and refilled their water dish and put out new chicken chow. (By that time it was pretty bright dawn, though I know this will change soon.) I turned off my light, grabbed the light and my new egg, and that was it.

It's noteworthy that the egg was both brown and cool to the touch when I picked it up this morning. The color means that my red star chicken laid it (she is the only brown-egg layer) and the temperature means that she isn't broody. She dumped it and left it. This is good.
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17th-Oct-2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yay for first egg!! I'm also terribly jealous of how you can break down your coop to clean. We've decided to go with an 8'x10' shed, since we're hoping to have a fairly large flock of about 15 birds, plus the occasional brood of broilers. I know it has its pluses, but one minus is that cleaning will be a much larger task.
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