Easy Green Tips for Refreshing and Cleaning a Chicken Coop

Refreshing and cleaning a chicken coop are safe with these easy green tips.

| December 2013

Fresh Eggs Daily

"Fresh Eggs Daily" is author Lisa Steele's guide to raising healthy chickens naturally, which includes feeding them a diet of herbs, flowers, and greens.

Cover Courtesy St. Lynn's Press

Learn to treat your flock to a diet rich in a variety of herbs, greens, and flowers with Fresh Eggs Daily (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013). Lisa Steele offers dozens of simple, intelligent, and easy green tips for “going natural” that help you avoid common ailments that plague many backyard flocks. This excerpt from “In the Winter” features two recipes for refreshing and cleaning a chicken coop.

You can purchase this book from the Capper’s Farmer store: Fresh Eggs Daily.

More Fresh Eggs Daily:

Properly Caring for Chickens in Winter
What to Feed Chickens in Winter, and Freezing Chicken Eggs       
DIY Chicken Scratch Wreath
Homemade Suet Block Recipe
Things to Know Before Building a Backyard Chicken Coop
Green Choices for Chicken Coop Bedding

Refresh a Dirty Chicken Coop with these Easy Green Tips

I have developed an all-natural refreshing spray for chicken coops that combines the rodent-repelling and insecticide properties of mint with soothing lavender in a white vinegar base (for both disinfecting and antibacterial qualities). Easy and inexpensive to make, a bottle stored in your coop and used any time your coop needs a bit of a refresh will help keep your coop sanitized and rodent free.

You can also substitute vodka for the white vinegar in the following recipes. Why use vodka for cleaning? Vodka is another fine natural cleanser. It not only repels insects, it actually kills them. It is antibacterial and kills mold and mildew. As an added benefit, vodka is odorless, unlike white vinegar, which has a distinctive smell.

9/8/2015 8:32:08 AM

Wow, I haven't used vodka for cleaning! But I use mainly salt, vinegar and baking soda. I combine them very often. The mixture can clean dishes, dark strains on carpets and all the appliances in our kitchen. Lime juice can clean your windows. I love using natural ingredients in my home cleaning! http://cleanerbrompton.org.uk/

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