How to Clean Sheep Poop

Here’s a topic you don’t think about every day: how to clean sheep poop. Cleaning up sheep poop is not as difficult as you would imagine, but you want to make sure that it’s cleaned well so that you don’t have to worry about the awful smell it produces.

How to Clean Sheep Poop

Cleaning Sheep Poop off of your Clothing

If you own sheep, it’s incredibly likely that you’ve gotten sheep poop on your pants, shirt, or other article of clothing at some point throughout your experience. So, what do you do in this case? Do you just throw away your clothing? Absolutely not! Here’s a safe and quick way to clean sheep poop off of your clothes.

What you will need:

  • Paint scraper
  • Large bucket
  • Vinegar and water solution (50/50)
  • Baking soda.
  1. If there is any dried or caked on sheep poop, you will need to scrape it off. The most effective way to do so is with a paint scraper. Paint scrapers scrape off the excess without making the situation worse and spreading the stain.
  2. When most of the dried up poop is off, take the vinegar and water solution and put it into the large bucket; make sure that the bucket you’ve chosen is large enough for the whole article of clothing you are cleaning. This will help with the smell later on, trust me. Allow it to sit for half an hour.
  3. Hang the article of clothing up and allow it to air dry.
  4. Sprinkle the affected area with baking soda and allow it to sit overnight. This will eat away at any of the smell or stain that has remained. Shake it off the next morning.
  5. Wash the article as usual, checking it between washing and drying to ensure that the stain has disappeared. If not, repeat the above process until it does so. If you dry it in the dryer while there is still a stain, the heat will make the stain set deeper into your clothing, making it more difficult to remove the stain. 

Cleaning Out Your Sheep’s Stalls

If you have sheep, it’s probably quite a task to clean out their stalls. Their poop can be incredibly messy and getting the sheep to go away long enough, especially if it’s warm outside, can be a task and of itself. So, what’s the best way for you to care for your sheep and clean out their stalls?

Cleaning out sheep stalls is relatively quick compared to cleaning out horse and cow stalls. Many times, you only have separate stalls for your rams and then another stall for your ewes and lambs. That means that you don’t have to deal with the time and energy to clean out every individual stall; there are just two to deal with. Make sure that, when you try to do this, the sheep are out to pasture.

First, use a rake and a shovel to get rid of any old food, straw, bedding, and whatever else may be in your sheep’s stalls. If you’re just doing a routine cleaning, you only need to get rid of any of this that has manure or urine on it; otherwise, clean out the whole entire thing. Scrape it out as best you can so you can, essentially, start from scratch.

At this point, lay a deodorizer at the bottom of the sheep stall, under where you will put the bedding initially. Baking soda works, but farm supply stores will have other options that you can use as well. Then, lay out the appropriate amount of bedding, and you’re done. It’s a simple process that doesn’t even involve any water (some sheep farmers may hose out their stalls once a year in the summer; this is optional though).