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Hi, I’m still new to the cube and chickens and was wondering what peoples cleaning routines are for it?

Im poo picking the dropping tray daily and cleaning the whole lot once a week, is this ok?

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Hi, I'm new too, only two weeks in. So far I'm cleaning out once a week with a pressure washer. I probably should do the daily picking too, I'll start that from today! 

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Hi AyeAyeMagpie, maybe the daily poo picking isn’t necessary.

I’ve had mine for 7 weeks but only been in cube overnight for 2 weeks as got them at a couple of weeks old  

they are lovely but means I will be waiting a while for eggs...

 

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I only clean out the poop drawer once every two weeks now, but will increase two once a week over Autumn and Winter. I line my poop drawer with newspaper to make the cleaning easier.

But I only have 3 bantams right now. The more chickens the more poop!

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Yes I'm down to 2 and they never use the poop tray so easy for me but I do clean the nest box every flipping day.  Grrrr >:(  Cant be bothered to retrain them.  

In the days when they slept in the right place I used to empty it every 2 days (daily in summer to prevent flies) and wash it out every couple of weeks.  I use sawdust, about a handful and the poo slides out and is compostable.  I found the newspaper sometimes got wet.

You're doing fine chick chick and AyeAyeMagpie the novelty will wear off soon xD

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I empty the poo trays and scrape off anything from the roosting bars every few days. I’ve had my girls for 4 years now and the Cube for about 2. At first I was really good and pressure washed the house once a fortnight, but I have to admit that now I only do it every couple of months.

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Oh it's good to hear how other people do it. And yes, cleaning out a coop is novel at the moment, I'm sure I'll be less keen by winter, ha ha! 

The previous owners of my Mark 1 cube retrofitted a partition so that the nest box can be closed off at night. It's really simple, il take a pick and post later. Might be worth doing if you want to get your girls sleeping in the other side again?

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Thank you everyone for your replies. 

Its reassuring to know I’m doing enough. 

I think after cleaning their cage (brooder) from when they arrived it seems too easy cleaning the cube now 😁

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You'll also find that the smallest size TubTrug fits exactly in the round hole between the nest box and roosting area ;)

I empty the poo trays once a week, give the whole thing a bucket wash, spray with Total Mite kill ready to use spray and powder with Buz Busters.Once a month it all gets a jet wash, then spray and powder. I clean it a bit more in the winter as the birds spend more time in there.

 

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Thanks Dogmother, I’ve just been using a pet safe disinfectant spray. I will look into getting a mite one as well.

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6 hours ago, Chick Chick said:

Thanks Dogmother, I’ve just been using a pet safe disinfectant spray. I will look into getting a mite one as well.

TMK is a disinfectant and mite killer, it comes in a ready to use spray (which you shake before using) and a concentrate which you then (shake and) dilute to refill the spray

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On 18/09/2018 at 3:32 PM, The Dogmother said:

TMK is a disinfectant and mite killer, it comes in a ready to use spray (which you shake before using) and a concentrate which you then (shake and) dilute to refill the spray

Perfect I will go for that then. Thank you again!

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