It’s been a while since Henny and Penny have made an appearance here on Fingers in the Dirt. This week Mr. HenSongs and I also realized it’s been a while since we’ve done a serious cleanup of Casa HenSongs. The weather has warmed up and it was too much to hope that the aromatic smell coming from the backyard was due to our neighbors recently fertilizing their lawn.
An important attribute for urban backyard chicken ranchers is a serious obsessive-compulsive attention to coop and run cleanliness. As we put it in our family – it’s good to have a Virgo in the house.
Our backyard is not big and Henny and Penny reside close to neighbor’s homes and open windows. We do our very best to keep odors and flies to a minimum. It’s not that hard if you have the right hen house and cleaning system.
This is where our Omlet Eglu comes in so VERY handy (shout out to the Omlet folks). A coop that hoses off in a jiffy and doesn’t retain odors is priceless in a backyard. We also have a run that is at least twice as large as it needs to be for two hens. More room = less concentration of poop and less smell.
Every 4 months or so, the bark is changed out. We only had to experience “ripe” ground cover once to know that this task was not optional. There’s nothing like planning a backyard BBQ only to discover your yard smells like a farm and not in a good way.Henny and Penny could care less but we’re happy to keep our neighbors happy!