Nine Steps for Effective Building CleanoutJanuary 06, 2012
Every year in November and December we have several buildings that have to be emptied, cleaned, disinfected and made ready for next year's duck breeders. Whether you are cleaning a 7200 sq. ft. building or a backyard coop, the process is the same. I will show you the steps we follow, using our Building 3 as an example.
Building 3 before the cleanout - White Layers, Buff, Mallard and Fawn & White Runners
2) Move your birds out of the building. This may be as simple as putting them outside for the day or moving them to a new pen. The best time to clean a building is when that flock is done laying - either they are molting or you will sell them. We do not clean out the litter until a flock is leaving and a new one is coming in - once a year. We add bedding once or twice a week so by the end of a year, it is up to 12" deep.
Moving the old breeders to our Sell Pen.
The divider fences are out. Nacho, Juan and Guillermo are now removing nest boxes and feeders.
Nacho washing fences, ramps to the waterers, feeders, etc. 4) Remove all the bedding and manure from the building. This is an excellent soil amendment as is or pile and compost it before adding it to your soil. The carbon:nitrogen ratio is perfect for our litter so it composts quite rapidly on its own after removal. When you remove the bedding, oxygen is added with all the mixing. This oxygen rejuvenates the bacteria in the bedding and often we see water vapor rising from the heating piles of bedding within a day or two of removal.
Guillermo is using the Bobcat to clean near the waterers, notice the bedding is moist.