As I’ve mentioned before, we have backyard chickens, and we absolutely love them! It’s a wonderful way for my children to learn responsibility on a really easy to manage animal; and besides that, they poop out eggs. Total win– except…
The most difficult part about managing chickens is keeping their coop clean; I have my girls help clean out the straw and chicken poop, but it gets dirty fast. I don’t like digging around in there THAT often.
So I brought this up with my sister-in-law (who also has chickens) at a family party once. She had a really good idea.
It is really simple–towels. She said it made clean up a lot easier and faster.
So after that, we started putting towels in our nest boxes, and it really was so ridiculously easy to keep clean. I shake them out every couple days, and I throw them in the washer every week to ten days. Not only are towels easier to clean that mucking out hay or wood shavings, it also cuts down on chicken pests such as mites.
An important thing to remember is after pulling the towels out of the drier to clip any strings hanging off the towels. Chickens can get their beaks or toenails tangled in them, so give them a quick snip.
And you’re done! Our chickens are very happy with this switch. This beauty here is Sunlight; she is super broody right now, so we grabbed some fertilized eggs for her to hatch. She loves the towels!
With this trick, chickens are almost no work! Anyone thinking of chickens needs to keep this tip handy.