I clean our chicken coop once a week. Now the we have five chickens, it could probably use a twice-weekly cleaning, but, well, we have full-time jobs and a baby, so... that's not going to happen. Every Sunday, I give the coop a thorough scrubbing, which involves removing and cleaning the slatted floors, changing the straw and washing and refilling the waterers.
The key to easy coop cleaning is to have a couple of simple tools to help you efficiently remove all the chicken poop and gather up the soiled bedding. Most of the tools I use to clean my coop come from the hardware store. They include:
- Sprayer hose: You need a good, hard stream to spray the poop off any of your detachable coop parts (perches, removable floor, food and water containers)
- Metal dust pan: This is great for scooping up dirty straw and shavings (and dumping them on your compost pile)
- A cheap metal wall scraper: This tool is extremely handy for scraping off dried-on poop and gathering up shavings hidden in a corner
- An old metal barbecue brush: If you really need to scrub a dirty perch or coop floor clean, these can work great. Just make sure you mark it so no one accidentally uses it on your grill.