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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will clean out an animal shelter, wash the water container, and check the dry supplement.



Here are some related articles:
 - How to Clean and Disinfect a Chicken Coop
 - Raising Goats, Keeping the Barn Clean
 - How to Clean Pig Houses
 - Diatomaceous Earth: Bug Killer You Can Eat
 - Minerals for Livestock
 - Mineral Supplements for Beef Cattle
 - Minerals in Organic Poultry Production
 - Goats and Minerals: What You Need to Know









To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - you must clean a shelter
      - brushing/scraping off dirt and poopies
      - a little DE along the edges and corners to control pests
      - super scrub the water stuff
      - making sure the dry supplements are ample and clean
          - salt
          - kelp meal /minerals
          - calcium (for chickens) (usually oyster shells)
          - baking soda

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a before picture of the shelter
 - post an after picture of the shelter
 - post a before picture of the water container
 - post an after picture of the water container
 - post a before picture of the dry supplements
 - post an after picture of the dry supplements
 - OR a 2 minute video of you doing all of this
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This badge bit was some much needed motivation to tackle the cobwebs in my duck house.

Before/After (SO MANY COBWEBS!)




I also scrubbed the water pail.

Before/After


And I cleaned out and refilled their oyster shell/egg shell containers

Before/After for interior oyster shell


Before/After for exterior oyster/egg shell (action shot of me crushing the egg shells)


And, here's the ducks back in their house. Since some random predator has been coming around recently, and eating them even in their protected yard, they're hanging out in their house all day unless I'm watching them. So, a good cleaning of their house was definitely in order! (The little fenced off area in the bottom right is to protect the mama and her babies who just hatched yesterday. My ducks have a propensity to try to steal each other's babies!)



Cute duckling picture

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I certify this BB complete!

 
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BB evidence from my goat stall.
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Dirty stall
Dirty stall
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Clean stall
Clean stall
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Dirty water bucket
Dirty water bucket
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Clean water bucket
Clean water bucket
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Almost out of minerals
Almost out of minerals
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Fresh minerals (goat minerals and baking soda)
Fresh minerals (goat minerals and baking soda)
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Dirty bedding piled up
Dirty bedding piled up
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Bedding used as mulch for some raspberries and currants
Bedding used as mulch for some raspberries and currants
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I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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Here is my chickshaw cleaning.

The chickens free range during the day so I haven't been supplementing dry minerals. Lots of bugs here for calcium and plenty of dry silty soil for dust baths.
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Dirty chickshaw
Dirty chickshaw
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Inside dirty chickshaw
Inside dirty chickshaw
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Half way through c)eaning bottom chickshaw
Half way through c)eaning bottom chickshaw
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Clean bottom chickshaw, over new grass area, with clean nest boxes
Clean bottom chickshaw, over new grass area, with clean nest boxes
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Dirty water
Dirty water
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Clean water
Clean water
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Dirty feeder
Dirty feeder
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Cleaned and empty
Cleaned and empty
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Refilled feeder
Refilled feeder
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Clean chickshaw over new grass
Clean chickshaw over new grass
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Tough call about the dry supplements but after reading the description & the requirements a few times I'm calling this BB certified. For what it's worth mine free range & only get supplements during winter. Nice coop!!!

 
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Cleaning the lamb pen.
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Before pen.
Before pen.
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After pen.
After pen.
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Before water bucket.
Before water bucket.
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After water bucket.
After water bucket.
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Before minerals.
Before minerals.
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After minerals.
After minerals.
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Note: Looks good!

 
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Here is me and my daughter cleaning out the chicken coup.
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Coop after
Coop after
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Water before
Water before
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Water dispenser cleaning
Water dispenser cleaning
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Water after
Water after
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Food check
Food check
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Dry supplement before
Dry supplement before
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Dry supplement after (oyster shells)
Dry supplement after (oyster shells)
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Coop Before
Coop Before
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Cleaning out the chicken coop.  The coop came with a metal slide-out floor.  I cut slats in it to allow most of the manure to fall through (Salatin/Rhodes style), but the edges were sharp so I wrapped them with duct tape for protection.  I'm new to owning chickens (less than one year) and to be honest, the only dry supplement I've done so far (besides dust bath) is grit (in the ricotta cheese container).  Per this badge bit, I've significantly expanded my dry supplements (now using the base of an egg carton).  I also raked up the carbonaceous diaper bedding that had spilled out of the wire mesh on the sides of the chicken run and transferred to the compost pile, then added DE around the edges.
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Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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Not having larger animals, the best that I can do for this BB is to clean out the chook house.
To ensure that I can maximise my learning opportunity, I do a journal as well so that as I learn more, I can add to it.
We have 6, used to be 9 but three died of old age in the last month,  heritage chooks.  This BB is centred around cleaning the chook house which is attached to the end of the green house,
It is also an ideal time to sweep the floor of the green house, especially around the feed bins.  Note to self: Read ALL the requirements !!
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The over view of what has to be done
The over view of what has to be done
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Getting amongst it
Getting amongst it
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The end results with the best present the fruit trees could ever have in the barrow - but not too much is is very strong
The end results with the best present the fruit trees could ever have in the barrow - but not too much is is very strong
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The learning journey. No doubt, I will need to add more.
The learning journey. No doubt, I will need to add more.
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Super scrubbing the Water Dish
Super scrubbing the Water Dish
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Note: Looks like this part could need more work:       - super scrub the water stuff (meaning scrub out the water buckets really really well)

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Mike Haasl approved this submission.
Note: Much better

 
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I cleaned the chicken coop.
The chickens free range and generally keep the litter on the floor of the chicken coop well-turned, so their coop does not require frequent cleaning except for the addition of new bedding (preferably leaf litter, but pine shavings when that's not available) and a bit of edge-scraping, but now a good clean-out was clearly in order. I removed the waterers and nesting boxes, dug out the litter for the compost heap, and scraped and swept all the edges. Then I brushed the nesting boxes clean and scrubbed the waterers well with baking-soda-water paste. I put down a new layer of pine shavings, applied diatomaceous earth to the nesting boxes and added fresh nesting material, replaced the waterers, and added a pile of crushed oyster shell as a free-choice supplement.
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dirty coop
dirty coop
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one of the nice worms I found shoveling litter
one of the nice worms I found shoveling litter
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waterers over-due for a scrubbing
waterers over-due for a scrubbing
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clean waterers
clean waterers
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cleaned out
cleaned out
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Mrs. Mustardseed the broody hen missing her old nesting material
Mrs. Mustardseed the broody hen missing her old nesting material
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consolation cuddle session with Mrs. Mustardseed
consolation cuddle session with Mrs. Mustardseed
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sprinkling diatomaceous earth
sprinkling diatomaceous earth
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inspecting fresh nests
inspecting fresh nests
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waterers approved
waterers approved
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calcium station
calcium station
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Here is my bunny shelter cleanup. It is very cold here in the winter, I maintain the shelter weekly. In spring, summer and fall I do a full sanitation, but this is not possible in winter as the cleaning products freeze on surface contact. This is my winter cleanup.
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Everything is frozen solid in this -26C
Everything is frozen solid in this -26C
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Dishes are swapped 3-4x daily in this weather.
Dishes are swapped 3-4x daily in this weather.
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clean dish ready to be filled
clean dish ready to be filled
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I supplement with AC vinegar and a few drops of Oil of Oregano in a jug of fresh well water
I supplement with AC vinegar and a few drops of Oil of Oregano in a jug of fresh well water
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The plastic above the lower cage is to protect the boys from being soiled by the girls above
The plastic above the lower cage is to protect the boys from being soiled by the girls above
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the ground is frozen solid, most can be raked away
the ground is frozen solid, most can be raked away
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Buns are paired up in this weather to keep warm; girls and boys apart.
Buns are paired up in this weather to keep warm; girls and boys apart.
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