Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Homemade Orange Peel and Vinegar Coop Cleaner

As many of you know I raise chickens in my backyard, it is a perfect setup for them. I built them a house and a run that is fenced in. They are very happy chickens. They are fed all organic, they free range in my yard for bugs and grass ( that is not fertilized). They have their chicken grains that eat daily, I also mix in grit and oyster shell. But the girls love their snacks, favorite choice that I buy them are mealworms, but they love when I come out and give them the snacks that I make for them. I give them all organic spinach, lettuce, watermelon, oatmeal every night with garlic and blackstrap molasses, corn, and the list goes on. The reasons for the ingredients that I use are as follows:

Orange Peel: Citrus oil is a natural insect deterrent and proven solvent, and smells wonderful
Cinnamon Sticks: Cinnamon Oil kills mosquito larvae  
Vanilla Beans: Vanilla repels flies, mosquitos and other insects
White Vinegar: Is a natural disinfectant , it has antibacterial properties, kills mold and is an ant repellent

What You Will Need To Make This:

4 oranges
2 cinnamon sticks
Bottle of white vinegar
2 vanilla beans
2 mason jars
Spray bottle

How To Make The Cleaner:

1. Take out 2 mason jars
2. Peel the oranges and divide between the 2 canning jars
3. Break the cinnamon sticks and place 2 halves to each jar
4. Slit the vanilla beans, cut in half then place the 2 halves in each jar
5. Pour the vinegar, enough to completely cover everything
6. Put the lids on the jars, set in your pantry or on your countertop to age for about a month, give them a shake every few days, the mixture should turn orange-tan color and smell fragrant.
7. When ready to use strain the contents into the spray bottle to use full strength or place some in bucket and dilute with water. Use the spray bottle to do your roosts and use the bucket of the mix diluted with water for the floors and the walls.

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