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Ammonia smell in coop??????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by elkauhane, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. elkauhane

    elkauhane Hatching

    Dec 9, 2008
    Shoreline, WA
    Any one know what may cause this? We use pine shavings on the floor and straw in the laying boxes, the smell seems to be only in one place, almost smells like a cat box. Poop is cleaned out daily and wood shavings have been in coop for about 3 weeks.

    Also strange question......do Chickens pee?
  2. tink

    tink Songster

    May 12, 2007
    upstate SC
    Our coop smells like that after a big rain or when the coop needs to be cleaned out. If you are cleaning it on a regular basis, maybe it just needs to be turned a little.... or just aired out.
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Quote:My thoughts exactly, try that.
  4. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    How much ventilation are you providing the coop? Even in the coldest months, there needs to be air flowing though the coop. If you can smell ammonia, the chickens may be adversely affected.

    Get fresh air into there.

  5. elkauhane

    elkauhane Hatching

    Dec 9, 2008
    Shoreline, WA
    Ahh the big rain, well we live just North of Seattle and we have had record rainfall and flooding, however our coop is very dry inside.

    We have a window, chicken door, a human door and 2 cross vents. The doors and window get opened daily and stay open all day until we put the girls to bed. We might need more vents, we will try that as well. I did turn the wood chips and mixed in DE. How long can you keep the wood shavings, any recomendations on how often it needs a full change? We have 14 girls.......
  6. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Check for roof leaks, or where waterers may have been tipped or spilled. Mine is always worse in damp weather and when the coop is really warm. I had to pull out the insulation I had near the roof in several places to get enough air. chickens create a lot of moisture. Also sprinkle in the shavings some sweetPDZ. Or if you use and can find it food grade DE. That will help absorb the moisture. If you have a heat lamp get a smaller bulb. Too much warmth will do it too. If I walk in after a ceacal poop I will always smell it too. Yuck but if you cover it in new shavings or mix it in. It will lesson it. Remember if you smell it . It is also hard on your chicks resp. tract as well. Jean
  7. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I have 11 hens and 1 roo in mine and only use pine shavings. When it gets a little stinky, I just add another bag of shavings and mix it up a little. I don't think I've done a complete change for at least 6 months (I also have some bags of mulched leaves in there; not sure if that makes a difference). My coop is in my garage and when it's not too cold (above 30) I let them free-range and leave the door open for ventilation.
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    DE or Stall Dry also helps mixed into the shavings and stirred.
  9. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    In your wet and humid climit I would use stall dry weekly. It comes in a franular form so you don't have to deal with ingesting powder. It really absorbs moisture well.
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Pellitized lime will also neutralize ammonia, and kills odors.

    Its only about $5 for 40 lbs
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