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My new coop is close in proximity to the house. With summer coming I'm wondering if that will be an odor problem. 6 Leghorns in a 3'×14' ground area. Any suggestions to help me be proactive?
Edited by NanaNeen - 3/27/16 at 5:52pm
post #2 of 7
42 square foot for 6 birds is going to be to your advantage as far as smell goes. The more space you have for them, the less it tens to smell. Given there are a lot of other variables. Chickens put off a lot of ammonia so a well ventilated coop helps that stagnant ammonia scent not to linger. Also what is the bedding situation in the coop and run? Deep liter or sand seem to be the two strongest methods for keeping odors down. A large part of it, will be your consistency with cleaning the coop, whether it be turning pine shavings, scooping poop once a day, scraping down poop boards and cleaning roosts, etc.
post #3 of 7
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They are on ground.should I have something else under them?
post #4 of 7
Do you mean that you have a dirt floor in your coop?
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A better description(and pics) of your coop and run would help.

Is the 3x14 the coop size or the run size?

 

Wetness will make the odors bloom significantly, so good drainage in run area and keeping the coop very dry will go along way to reducing odors.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
It is the ground/run area. It is dirt. 3'×6' is covered and the remaining 8' will be open covered only by wire. We will add that area in the next couple weeks.
post #7 of 7
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This unit has a ground area of 3'×6'...
We had a hard rain yesterday and no puddling problems so far. Fingers crossed smile.png
Edited by NanaNeen - 3/28/16 at 11:47am
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