Posted: 21/05/2014 at 15:08
another message to clari from mrs knows nothing know it all...coops shouldn't be reused for a year to ensure there's no red mite infestation. Ot sure why a good scrub wouldn't be ok perhaps a question to ask the farm?
That's a good point. I was intending on a complete dismantle, lightly sanding down the wood, cleaning with a strong animal safe disinfectant, before repainting it to protect the wood and reassembling. I would have thought this should get rid of the nasties but I'll definitely ask at the farm what their opinion is and if they've a disinfectant they recommend.
Thinking about it I'd best see if there are certain paints to avoid too. (I know chickens don't tend to chew their coops as a rabbit for instance would but it would still be a good idea to make sure the paint wouldn't cause problems).
I'm also going to ask the farm about winterising the coops. With aviaries and rabbit hutches I would be fixing a grooved batten of wood so that plastic sheets can be slotted in on the roof / wind prone sides for extra protection as required (because its much easier to build these mods in now when its empty than when its raining!) Having only dealt with chickens in very sheltered coops 100 miles south I want to try and put as much in place now so we don't have to worry should we ever get a bad winter.