Originally Posted by Peep_Show
The smell is what it is... Composting and the thriving organisms breaking down all the manure doing their job. Putting lime all over it might burn your chickens' feet. Better to use PDZ, but I don't know how big your run is or how much $$ you want to spend eliminating the odor. How about a nice thick layer of straw if it's too gloppy for you? Chickens love to scratch through it and the straw will also disintegrate as it decomposes, but probably won't smell as bad as the fresh muck you've turned over.
I have used layers of hay in the run and they take about 2 weeks for it to be gone. the garden waste if green is gone over night and the leaves are compacting. The run is 8X24' It is starting to dry out but I am sure it will attract many flies next time it rains.
I read that ag lime is simply calcium carbonate and is equal to Oyster shell.? so the burning thing has me confused.
I do want the PDZ but $ has become an issue with DH still out of work The AG lime at TSC is between 3 - 7.00 for 50 lb bags. I don't usually cheep my ladies (unless I am talking to them with treats).
Originally Posted by chickisoup
Originally Posted by Alaskan
it is also what is used up here in outhouses.
In a snazzy outhouse you have one big coffee can with the toilet paper, and one with the lime.
Here it's sold as "barn lime" and used extensively to control odor etc. in dairy barns and other large animal enclosures. And yes, it's used in the outhouses of the hunting cabins too.
I love the stinky character!
I figured if I use a light dusting of powder in the AM let the Ladies out for the day Turn the dirt and then use some granules for extended effect turned in Then cover with yard waste and hay. That it might help? Still reading since the air is helping to dry thing up. My poor neighbor never complains but he does have his whole family over for play time in the back yard at Easter So I would like to get rid of the smell by then for sure!
They used to have more outside the run access but I have not been able to get rid of the other neighbors Chicken killing dogs.
You guys are always so helpful here Glad to see this thread coming back again