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Originally Posted by ChickenMammX4 View Post


In the coop we use pine shavings only. We also have a poop board filled with PDZ which collects most of the droppings.

I read on this forum about vanilla repels flies. It was suggested to use those vanilla scented little trees (for cars). I hang those in the coop during the warm-weather months and I don't have flies. Rather that is the reason, who knows!

 

My pine shavings deep bedding coop floor is dry. Too dry for much composting, thus deep bedding and not deep litter.

It ends up in the outdoor uncovered run about once per year when I replace it. There the decomposition completes.

 

My coop is very well ventilated.

 

My coop also has little to no fly, mosquito, or spider issues.

 

I keep a spray bottle of natural, homemade, non toxic, insect repellent in the coop.

I use it to coat pretty much everything whenever and fairly often.

 

1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid

1 tablespoon peppermint extract

3 cups of water

 

Fairly inexpensive and effective. 

 

A spider's sense of taste comes from its feet.

 

Unlike myself, they do not like peppermint, and I respect but do not like spiders.

 

This is used as repellent. It is not intended or used for the death of any insect. Just to keep them out of the coop for my benefit.

 

FYI, most type of flies detest the taste also.

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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post #82 of 84
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Originally Posted by Coop de Grass View Post
 
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Originally Posted by RobertPlamondon View Post
 

 Hydrated lime will deodorize the litter and keep the flies away. It also acts as chicken repellent, so on the floor of the chicken coop, stir it in. Elsewhere, you can just sprinkle it over the top. (I've never found much use for diatomaceous earth.)

 

 

 
@RobertPlamondon If hydrated lime is a chicken repellant won't it keep the chickens off the floor of the coop? :hu
 
And if the litter is extremely dry, should moisture be added in the form of water? I pulled out some of the litter yesterday - bone dry. I am still deciding if I should switch to sand over the summer, or just use a dropping board - either way, that chicken poop will end up in my compost heap.

 

If you use enough hydrated lime to make the surface of your litter pure white, the chickens tend to stay away. If you stir it into the litter so it looks like slightly lighter-colored litter, and use a rate of about a coffee can full per 100 square feet, they don't mind at all.

 

Dry litter is dusty but is otherwise easy to work with, since really dry litter can't support pathogens and also retains the nutrients from the chicken manure indefinitely. 

 

Robert

Robert Plamondon * Norton Creek Press, Blodgett Oregon * Latest Reprint: Turkey Management by Marsden & Martin * Most Popular: Fresh-Air Poultry Houses by Dr. Woods. See my Chicken FAQ, too.
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Robert Plamondon * Norton Creek Press, Blodgett Oregon * Latest Reprint: Turkey Management by Marsden & Martin * Most Popular: Fresh-Air Poultry Houses by Dr. Woods. See my Chicken FAQ, too.
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@RobertPlamondon Thank you for clarifying! 

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I also have used the vanilla trees and they work really well!  I add 3 strips of fly tape to the back of the coop (so I don't have to look at them!).  The combo really works wonders on the flies.  I have seen a huge reduction of flies since I read both of these tips on this forum!  Such a lot of good common sense on here!

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