HEN HOUSE DOES NEED A SPRING CLEAN

Country Smallholding - - Poultry Pen -

Q We have some cob­webs in the hen house and I am un­sure whether to re­move them be­cause they trap the dust and maybe mites or they are pos­si­bly do­ing good work and eat­ing the bugs. What do you sug­gest?

ANDY SAYS: Spi­ders webs are a bit of a catch 22 — they do catch flies, but the web also col­lects dust and feather dan­der which pro­vide ideal places for mites to hide. On top of the weekly muck out, what I tend to do is give the whole house an in­ter­nal jet wash ( left) ev­ery cou­ple of months dur­ing the warmer weather and a sweep out ev­ery other month in the win­ter.

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