|Cleaning day arrives. My minion starts by emptying out the storage side of the hen house.|
|A little privacy please I'm trying to pick out a nest box!|
|My minion again wheeling out the last barrow, he broke his shovel trying to load too much at one time. :(|
|Clean as a whistle!|
Next step is a dusting of diatomaceous earth in the nooks and crannies. The idea here is to get any hidden bugs that might have been missed by my scrubbing. There seems to be some recent controversy about using diatomaceous earth with your birds and I'm only telling you what I do not telling you what you should do. I'm certainly not a scientist or chicken expert so do whatever you think is best. I don't use ANY chemicals or pesticides in my gardens or coops/runs so I have to find the best solutions for my situation. I don't feed this to them but they do peck at it when I put it down and it's never hurt them.
On top of that goes a 6 inch layer of peat moss. I use peat moss because this is eventually going to end up in my garden and because it's super absorbent. The hens love to roll around in it too!
|Spreading the peat moss, my minion is almost done for the day.|
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