This is the perfect time to deep clean your poultry housing. When the sun is shining and the Chickens can enjoy the garden you can get down to maintaining the housing and nest boxes to eradicate those bugs and bacteria.
Make any repairs that are necessary.
We recently took the added precaution of using creosote on our wooden housing in the continued precaution against Red Mite as this seems to be the best thing to use. As much as plastic has been defined as the better alternative I personally prefer the natural look of wooden poultry housing and to us Chicken's seem to be 'more at home'. So far this year we have seen very few Red Mite (if you have Chicken's, you will have Red Mite -
just keeping them under control is the basis of good management to prevent becoming out of hand).
If, like us you have booted breeds or feathered legged birds, it is a great time to wash away the mud and grime that collects around their legs and toes. 'Toe Balls' (accumulation of bedding and muck that has shaped itself into a ball around the toe nails) should be removed carefully using your finger nail and taking great care to prevent ripping the delicate nail away which in turn can cause excessive bleeding. Dry the bird's legs off properly and never leave them alone in water.
Move mobile poultry housing to
fresher grass to rest over exposed areas and muddy places.
Wash and disinfect feeders and drinkers taking care that algae is not permitted to build up as this can prove fatal.
Begin to collect eggs more regularly - 2-3 times a day to prevent the eggs being eaten or becoming dirty. Also taking them away sooner rather than later is a good preventative if you do
not wish your hens to become broody.