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SandyDove SandyDove is offline
Posted 9th August 2003, 04:10 PM
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Cleaning floors . . .

If I were to clean my coop floors - wooden boards - and I was wondering if ammonia would harm them? I want to make sure all the sickness is out of the loft.


maryco maryco is offline
Posted 9th August 2003, 06:26 PM
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I'm not sure about the loft.. We have hard wood floors in our apt and I use vinegar and baking soda on it (Works great)

Just a suggestion

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Posted 10th August 2003, 01:32 AM
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I dn't know about the effect of ammonia on floors butthe fumes are harmful to pigeons.

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Posted 10th August 2003, 07:30 AM
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I have a plywood floor in my loft and it is getting nasty looking. I want to clean it also, but I'm afraid the plywood would eventually rot. After scraping the poop, we just use a white powder that smells good and keeps the bugs down.(We sweep it into the floor)..it looks better temporarily but the pigeons will keep pooping and we keep scooping!. It's extremely important to keep the floor dry for the birds sake....Treesa

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SandyDove SandyDove is offline
Posted 10th August 2003, 11:20 AM
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I put down 1/2 inch pieces of dried corncob bedding which absorbs moisture. I have to scoop it out about every 3-4 months and replace it but it works well. I just need to find something to clean the floors between taking up the old and putting down the new.

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Posted 10th August 2003, 04:47 PM
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I use a couple products I got from the pigeon supply: Sani-loft disinfectant and Sani-loft dressing, which seems to be fine sawdust with a nice-smelling disinfectant agent in it. I dilute the disinfectant with water in a spray bottle as directed, spray the floor, then sprinkle the dressing over it. The dressing absorbs all the moisture. I then scrub it with a stiff brush--kind of a dry scrub, like cleaning with sand. It's quite effective in getting the worst of the poop off the floor. Once done, I sweep it all up and the loft smells very nice.
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Posted 12th August 2003, 07:33 PM
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Hi SandyDove,

It is very important that the floor of the loft be kept dry. Moisture and heat mixed with droppings will breed harmful bacteria overnight. I use cheap, regular, clay type kitty litter spread thinly over the floor. I turn it lightly with a nylon broom every day and sweep it out and replace it once a week. A $1.99 25 lb bag will last for months. Don't use the kind with deodorant in it because the pigeons will peck at it.

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Posted 13th August 2003, 11:39 AM
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i too have had results with kitty litter i also ues one cup bleach to gallon of water to disenfect once a month of course on a good day with the flock outside

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