I had to chase the chickens back into the coop and close the door so I could finish with the Augean stables of the chicken pen.
Augean stables are not to be cleansed with a spray of rose-water.
Stables that figured in the Greek myth of the Labors of Hercules. The stables, which belonged to King Augeas, housed a large herd of cattle and had not been cleaned for years. Hercules was ordered to clean out these filthy stalls. He did so by diverting the course of two rivers so that they flowed through the stables.