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spring cleaning the coop...

Mary Murray head shotOur little flock of hens have been more than generous with their eggs, and certainly kept us well supplied during the short days of winter (when we were told they would hardly lay an egg at all). The least we were gifted with was 4, the most 12…but that’s a story for another day!

With the recent beautiful blue-skied, sunny days, we found it was time to spruce up the coop and dust off the cobwebs of winter. With so many of our friends now welcoming chickens to their farms and backyards, I’ve been asked how we clean our coop and what our daily routine is like.

hen house in summer 

And so, in this post, I’ll share how we tidy up the coop, then follow-up in my next post on what we do each day, as well as what needs doing just a few times a year.

I’m sure there are many different ways to clean a coop, this is simply what we’ve found works best for us as we care for our little flock on Windy Meadows Farm. Tweak the ideas to work for you and feel free to share some of your own ideas…we can all learn something new!

Spring Coop Cleaning: 

And if you’re still on the fence about getting chickens, I can't say enough how much fun our family has had this past year. And going to the backyard to gather eggs for a family meal…what could be fresher? 

 farm fresh eggs

Mary is a Midwest farmgirl who enjoys the simple pleasures of living in the country. "For us, living where there is plenty of room for gardens, animals, and for kids to play and explore is the best kind of life." You can visit Windy Meadows Farm at