Years ago, my daughter told me the dog's feet smelled like Fritos. I like the smell of their paws but did not relate it to Fritos and now many, many, years later, I am hearing from other people that they get the same thing!! Only on a BYC forum!! I have never had a bad odor in the coop or pen and I do clean it on a daily basis, eliminating as much of the droppings as I can but I am going out soon and actually smell a chicken close up and personal. I hold them all the time but never really buried my nose in them. I enjoy just being around them when I clean the coop so I get my fix and they get a clean coop. I do use the deep pine shaving method and it is easy for me to maintain.
All my dogs smell like fritos too! After reading this thread, I was out with the chickens, thinking about the post that said her chickens smelled like cherios, and I could smell the fritos again! I am glad that I am not the only one who smells fritos, do you think it could be from all the corn that they eat? They are corn chips after all!