With winter here, we're getting a lot of soggy rain but not much snow (yet). I wanted to clean the chicken coop to make sure the critters were as comfortable as possible and out of the muck.
Chickens are good at making their own muck, so shoveling it out every so often is necessary. However since the chickens are free-roaming except at night, cleaning the chicken coop is less important during the summer than it is during the winter.
Anyway, this is what I started with.
I got shovels and rakes and a wheelbarrow, and got busy.
Almost immediately, Smoky came over to hang out. Smoky has always been one of my favorite hens because of her fondness for investigating everything we do outside. But since her stint with motherhood, she's become very tame and affectionate.
But Smoky had another reason to hang around me. Since her chicks are now grown up and don't need her attentive care, our flock of bachelor birds have found Smoky, well, irresistible. So Smoky was hanging with me for protection against this randy bunch of young roosters.
Look at these vultures, just waiting for poor Smoky to set her sexy booty outside the coop. (Most of them have a date with the freezer coming up.)
Anyway, I got the coop floor clean, then started padding the nest boxes with fresh hay. The chickens can never resist this stage.
One hen couldn't wait to lay her egg, so I padded all the other nest boxes around her and came back later to collect the egg and pad the box.
Smoky settle right in as well.
Nice clean coop...
...and happy birds.