The coop’s cleanliness absolutely be a comfortable place for the duck and the breeder. It can prevent many disease that might attacks the duck anytime. There is some cause that makes the coop need to be cleaned and sterilized. Some of the reasons are maximizing the cleanliness regularly, remove the disease virus totally, and prevent the spreading of some virus or germ. For some breeder, the sterilization process is not able to do because if they do it without a clear tutorial, the chemical substances for the sterilization will cause the environmental damage and affect the duck’s health. Here is the 12 ways how to clean and disinfect a duck coop. How to Keep Chicken Coop Smells Fresh can help you to know more about cleaning the coop.
1. Temporary move the duck
When the sterilization process happen, certainly the ducks in the coop have to kept away temporary, because the process can make the ducks stress or get the disease by the chemical substance. Commonly, the breeder do the sterilization before the seeding or after the harvest, so that there is no ducks remain in the coop. The ducks can be moved to the other coops away from the previous coop.
2. Cleaning the coop
All the equipment, the food and drink container, it should be taken off from the place and get washed. Before the coop sterilization starts, you should clean the coop from any dirt. The dirt can comes from the inside surface of the coop, the outside surface of the coop, and the environment of the coop. Throw it away from the environment coop or burn it all. You can clean it by using the broom stick, wire brush, etc. This is to prevent the bacteria, virus, etc to grow at the coop. Don’t miss out 7 Steps to Eliminate Bad Odor in Your Poultry, so that you can remove the bad odor too.
3. Washing the coop
You can wash the coop using the detergent. The comparison of the detergent should be enough for the coop. The important thing is to mix the detergent with water, make sure that it is foamy. This detergent can also be a light antiseptic.
4. Use the spray tool
We better clean the coop with the sprayer, with the high pressure around 30 to 40 bar, so that it will be totally clean. This can help to prevent the bacteria from growing in the coop.
You can use the Sanchin SC 30 or SC 45 brand. The clean surface of the coop will make the disinfectant work more effectively. You can read 6 Ways to Take Care of Chicken in the Wet Weather , as a reference about the coop too.
6. Spraying method
- Start from the bottom of the coop, spray it upward
- From the outside part of the wall, spray it to the inside part
- From the inside part of the coop (roof), to the inside part of the wall
- Last, wash the floor downward.
With this method, the washing will be one way, and it can save time, money, and energy.
7. Sterile stage
After the coop is clean, continue it with the sterilization stage, use the strong disinfectant chemical that is able to remove the germs (virus, bacteria, fungi, etc). You can read this 7 Ways to Raising Broiler Chickens Commercially to have more reference about the coop.
8. Formalin usage
The best and efficient choice is to give the formalin wit 0.5% rate (40% formalin 1 part + 79 parts water). This is because the formalin has a strong scent so that when the breeder spray it, they are equipped with the protection equipment, such as the swimming glove, the mask, the long sleeve shirt, long pant, hat, and a boot.
9. Prevent the disease from the breeder
After finished spraying the formalin for the sterilization process, the breeder should be given 2 glass of milk for 3 days in a row. This is to maintain the health of the breeder. Give the high calcium milk, so that it will remove all the toxic from the formalin inside the body.
10. Insecticide usage
Next, to remove all the insects in the coop that might disturb the ducks, use the insecticide for the inside part of the coop, outside part and the environment around the coop. We better avoid the organophosphate class insecticide. The breeder can use the carbamate class insecticide or permethrin. Next, empty the coop after the sterilization and leave it empty for the minimum of two weeks. This will give the best result for us. Things You Should Do To Keep Your Dog Safe Playing Outdoors will make you know more about the insecticide in another animal coop.
11. Brooding step
After the sterilization, start to put the curtain on the wall back for the brooder, because all the equipment is already on the clean condition and sterilized, such as the food and drink container, chick guard, the heat source, and the litter.
If all of it has been set to the first place, we need to do the sterilization again, but use the disinfectant. We can use the sprayer or fogging. Next, after it is done, around 3 to 4 days before the chick in, we can use the disinfectant to sterilize the coop one more time.
With the good ways to sterilize the coop, the coop’s condition will look new again. It can make the ducks comfortable and it can prevent any disease that might attack the ducks.
12. Final step
After the sterilization process is over, we can use the coop to breed the duck. Make sure that after the sterilization, all the chemical gone and we can see that from the coop’s condition that is totally clean and free from any chemical substance smell.
In a sterile condition, certainly the breed process will be more fluent and it can prevent any disease, so that it will produce the maximum profit and give the best condition for the ducks. Like chicken, ducks need good coop ventilation and protection from prevailing wind. Ducks produce a lot of moisture through breathing and through their manure. Unless this moisture is carried out of the coop with good overhead ventilation, it can cause bedding to mold, respiratory issues, and frostbite in cold climates.
Your ducks need a dry coop, not a damp coop. Provide a dry coop by having plenty of ventilation overhead, but be sure to shelter your ducks from wind and drafts.
That is all for the 12 ways how to clean and disinfect a duck coop. I hope this will help you to maintain your breed and can be a good tutorial for you.