Natural cleaners for cleaning the chicken coop
Cleaning the chicken coop is a necessary job, but using harsh chemical cleaners isn’t. Learn how to use natural cleaners for cleaning the chicken coop in this excerpt from 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks from Fresh Eggs Daily by Lisa Steele.
Coop Cleaner, Deodorizer and Pest-Repellent Sprays
Cleaners such as bleach and ammonia are not safe to use
LEMON THYME SPRAY
This bright-yellow spray will add a cheerful citrus scent to
Here’s how you make it: To a quart-size Mason jar, add the peels of 1 lemon, a few sprigs of fresh thyme, and white vinegar to cover the solids. Screw on the jar cover and ring. Let the jar sit for a few weeks, shaking the contents every few days, until the mixture is fragrant and the vinegar scent is gone. Strain into a squirt bottle and squirt around your coop and on the roosting bars as needed.
Other Sprays I Like
Orange peel, cinnamon, and vanilla: This is an original scent that I developed and have been using in my coop for a few years now. I love how the ingredients blend together and smell so good. In fact, I like it so much, I also use the spray to clean my kitchen! With the same process as above, use the peels of 1 orange, a couple of cinnamon sticks, and a couple of fresh vanilla beans.
Lime, lavender, and mint: If mice are a problem in your coop, in addition to moving the feed and water outside, you might try this spray inside the coop. Mice supposedly aren’t too fond of mint, so add a
Cinnamon pine: Both pine scent and cinnamon can help deter insects, so if herbs aren’t your thing, try this variation. Make sure you choose an evergreen variety with a nice piney smell for the most aromatic spray. Cut a few branches, strip off the needles, and crush or chop them a bit to release the pine oils, then add a few more small branches into the jar as well.
VINEGAR CLEANER FOR FEEDERS AND WATERERS
White vinegar, baking soda, and sunlight can all do an amazing job of killing bacteria, mold, and pathogens. Ultraviolet rays are also a powerful disinfectant, and vinegar kills many types of mold, as does baking soda. Using all in combination will keep your chicken feeders and waterers clean and your chickens healthy.
Mix 1 part white vinegar with 1 part water. Using a stiff brush, scrub the inside of the feeders with the solution, then follow up with a sprinkle of baking soda. Add more water and vinegar solution