Best Tool for Cleaning a Chicken Coop

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Photo by Tom Preble
Use a wide and versatile snow shovel to keep your chicken coop clean.

We’ve cleaned chicken coops for about 20 years now, and we’ve found that the best tool for efficiently shoveling out soiled shavings and bedding into a compost cart is an inexpensive snow shovel. This type of shovel is light and broad, and has tall enough sides to hold in heaps of old shavings.

Flip the snow shovel over, and it makes a great “rake” for gathering soiled shavings into piles. Better than a traditional flat shovel — or even a mucking shovel — the snow shovel makes cleaning a coop, if not fun, well, a lot faster.

Tom Preble
Peyton, Colorado