Mmmm, the sweet smell of a chicken coop… Says no one, ever! But, that my friends, is about to change for you, right now! Excited? Yea!
So, let’s get to it!
Safe space, alert! Let’s dish out a serious dose of truth! I say this in complete love for my girls, but y’all…chickens are dirty. Dirty! There ain’t nothing clean about ’em. They even bathe in dirt. There’s your sign, folks! With all that dirt and the poo, comes bacteria and other creepy crawlies.
If we aren’t careful (lack of proper santitation & proper hand washing), we can actually get diseases from our chickens. Some diseases that poultry can transmit to humans (from the Center of Disease Control):
-Botulism, Limberneck (Clostridium botulinum)
-E. coli (Escherichia coli O157:H7) …
-West Nile virus (from the CDC Backyard Poultry: Healthy Pets, Healthy People)
Information is power, people! Don’t freak out on me and your chickens by throwing your computer down & running out to your coop with a gallon of bleach! Don’t you do it!
Rest assured, proper & thorough hand washing for you & your kids (make sure you monitor their hand washing efforts) with soap infused with On Guard essential will be your best defense!
Keeping your coop clean is equally as a important. Our goal is not to eradicate 100% of the germs. In the coop, we need the good microbes to help us create compost & to eat the harmful bacteria. Read more about that, here!
I do a serious deep cleaning of my girls (I’m minus a Roo, right now) coop every few months, and I’ve been using this homemade spray to disinfect, de-bug, de-cobweb, eradicate the bad, and bring in the good smells. It works so fantastically that their whole coop gets sprayed down with this stuff! This spray gets rid of it all!
This spray is not just for deep cleaning! It’s super great to use anytime throughout the year!
You will need:
A large spray bottle
15 drops of dōTERRA lavender essential oil**
15 drops of dōTERRA tea tree essential oil
15 drops of dōTERRA Immune blend essential oil
15 drops of dōTERRA lemon essential oil
I use almost a whole spray bottle of this cleaner (our coop is medium-large), so, I use whatever clean spray bottle we have (plastic or glass). If you don’t think you will be using as much, then I recommend using a dark glass spray bottle, which is much better for storing essential oils in over a longer period of time. You can purchase one here.
****Side note, but super important. Buying essential oils from Walmart & Amazon is dangerous. There is no way to ensure that the oils you are purchasing are pure, free of impurities, and dangerous synthetics. I experienced this personally when I bought several brands of EO’s (including dōTERRA) from Amazon, The smell and viscosity of the oil was very different from the real dōTERRA oil. I experienced dizziness with the Amazon bought oil, which I do not experience with the same oil bought from dōTERRA.
I encourage you to do your own research into buying essential oils. This is an excellent (non brand biased) site that will provide you with loads of information! Don’t put your families health at risk. Buy directly from the brand!
A little bit about each of these oils:
–Lemon cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces.
-When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and may help to improve mood.
-It naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion.*
-It supports healthy respiratory function.*
-It may help with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*
-Diffuse Lemon to promote a positive mood.
-Take Lemon internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*
-Add Lemon essential oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, counter tops, and other surfaces.
-Lemon oil makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
-Use a cloth soaked in Lemon essential oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
-Lemon essential oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
-Put a few drops of Lemon on a rag to help remove stubborn, sticky residue off surfaces.
-Wash hands with Lemon essential oil to remove grease after changing the oil in the car.
-Add Lemon to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes.
-It promotes healthy functioning of the GI tract.*
-Use Lemon essential oil in an oral rinse to soothe the mouth and throat.
-Lavender is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities.
-It soothes occasional skin irritations.
-Lavender reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.
-This essential oil helps to ease feelings of tension.*
-Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or the bottoms of feet to prepare for a restful night’s sleep.
-Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air with a light mist of Lavender combined with water in a spray bottle.
-Add Lavender to bath water to soak away stress, or apply it to the temples and the back of the neck.
-Use it in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
-Take Lavender internally to reduce anxious feelings.*
-Take Lavender internally for a peaceful sleep.*
-Lavender makes a great addition to any hair treatment, shampoo, or conditioner. It can help keep the scalp looking clean and healthy.
-It helps to keep hair looking thick and healthy.
-It may support the heart and cardiovascular system.*
-It may also help to support healthy immune function and response during times of seasonal threats.*
-Melaleuca is renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin.
-It promotes healthy immune function.*
-It protects against environmental and seasonal threats.*
-For occasional skin irritations, apply one to two drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected areas.
-Add one to two drops of Melaleuca to water, citrus drinks, or doTERRA Veggie -Capsules to support healthy immune system function.*
-Combine one to two drops of Melaleuca with a facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties.
-Apply Melaleuca to the skin after shaving.
-Try applying this essential oil to the fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keep nails looking healthy.
-Add a few drops of Melaleuca to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.
-Create an aftershave by combining Melaleuca and Cedarwood.
-Apply it to the bottoms of the feet and inside shoes for a refresher.
-Add Melaleuca to water alone, or along with Peppermint and Lemon essential oil, for a refreshing mouth rinse and breath freshener.
-Melaleuca promotes a healthy, clean looking scalp.
-Diffuse Melaleuca to purify and freshen the air.
-Melaleuca supports healthy joint function and soothes body soreness after exercise.*
-It may support healthy cellular function.*
-With its unique aroma, this blend offers a fragrant, natural, way to clean.
-An effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support.*
-Diffuse for cleansing the air.
-Add two to three drops in a veggie capsule for a quick immune boost.*
-Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses.*
-Rub on bottom of kid’s feet during school season.
-Diffuse in home before company arrives to help cleanse the air and add a spicy and sweet aroma.
-Diffuse in class setting for an uplifting scent.
-Supports healthy immune function.*
-Protects against environmental threats.
-Diffuse in your home or office during fall and winter months.
-Add to water for an effective all-purpose cleaner for surfaces.
-Supports healthy respiratory function.*
Fill the spray bottle 1/2 full of vinegar & 1/2 full of water. Add your EO’s, and shake the bottle well.
The girls are let out for a nice day of free ranging and Momma gets to work! I remove any old bedding and shavings in the coop, clean out the cobwebs, & sweep the floor well. Now, the fun begins! I spray the entire coop down. Roosting poles, nesting boxes, floor to ceiling everything. I let the coop air dry, then add new bedding & shavings! I lightly mist their new bedding. I generally leave the coop open, and let it air out for the reminder of the day. As much as I could sit there and inhale those wonderful smells all day long, I don’t want it to be too overwhelming for the chickies.
Strange, but true… Though, there is not much research done on how acutely (or not) chickens sense of smell is, it is believed that they have a similar number of olfactory receptors as humans do!
Viola! Your coop is now clean! Happy chickens=happy Momma!
If you are interested in purchasing any of these oils, or have any questions about how to use essential oils in your life, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you!
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