Originally Posted by Betsyann
Hi, we are new to this and our run after it rains stinks to high heaven and we are not sure what direction to go first. Is there any easy way to block the odor with out making our chickens nuts ( my husband spread out shavings and none of the girls would come out of the coop too funny ) we know we need to do something ( to stop this in the future) ( we cleared out an area and then built the coop and just clear cut a run...... nice tree cover to keep them cool but also doewsn't allow to dry out quickly )
but not sure where or how to start any thougths would be welcome.
This fall use the mower to pick up all the leaf litter in the yard. Put this chopped litter in the run. If you don't have enough trees to provide the litter that you need, see if you can get some from your nieghbors. The high carbon content of the leaf material will bind up the ammonia from the manure and greatly reduce the odor. The constant attention that the chickens will give this material will create a wonderful compost and ensure that there will not be areas that go sour.
Once you get a good layer of litter established in the run, the strong odors should go away and be replaced with a nice earthy smell...even after a heavy rain.
If you don't want to wait till fall, try using wood shavings to a dpeth of 6 inches in the run. That should have an immediate effect on the smell.
Don't use grass clippings in the run to establish the mulch material base. Grass Clippings do not have enough structure and will tend to form a matted layer, that will only make the smell stronger.