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Old hen house (4 messages)
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We are moving really soon and our new place had a old hen house on it. I looks like it only needs a little fixing and it should work great. But I don't know how long it has been since chickens last lived in it, or what the health of the chickens were. It has just a dirt floor and walls of metal and wood. And old wooden nest boxes too. Is there any way I can clean it up were I know it is safe for my chickens? with moving we don't really have the extra money right now to build a new one so if we could safely clean this chicken house up that would really help.
4/21/2013 6:20 PM report abuse
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I am in the same situation but using previous dog area in an old barn with who knows what other animals lived previously. I hope someone will respond. I hate to use chemicals if not necessary.
4/21/2013 6:38 PM report abuse

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Bleach works the best. It will disinfect the entire area, even the floor. But you want to be sure it is dry before you put any birds in. I always use barn lime on the floor of my coop and cover it with a thick layer of pine shavings. Theresa- I understand you not wanting to use chemicals, but if you don't know what was raised in the pen it would be a good idea to do a thorough cleaning the first time before the birds are put in.
4/22/2013 9:05 AM report abuse
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bleach! i would also use bleach i i was worried about other critters and what they may have had
- i think i would also scrape the dirt - (rake it up like) and take a layer off the top --- then add straw or whatever you use for shavings... and it should be good to go
4/22/2013 11:49 AM report abuse