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Baking Soda to control odor in little coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jmc, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    I have a small rookie's henhouse 3 1/2 ft. front to back & 5 ft. wide; 42 in. high in back & 48 in. high in front.

    Anyone ever heard of using Baking Soda sprinkled over bedding to control odors?
  2. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    What are you using for bedding now?
    I use pine shavings and unless I get lazy and not clean it out when i should, mine doesn't have odor issues. But I would think baking soda would be okay to use [​IMG]

    Btw, what order are you in?
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2008
  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
  4. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    DE is also an irritant and comes with warnings not to breathe it in. I don't think either one is really better than the other for respiratory health. Personally I'd rather avoid adding any powders and just clean more frequently.
  5. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    they have sprays to keep odor down for my hedgehog, and for ferrets idk if its okay to use for your chickens but if it okay for a hedgehog im guessing its okay for a chicken because hedgehogs are sensitive.
  6. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    Lime is good to 'sweeten' soil and is good to neutralize that amonia smell. We use it in our horse stalls and the chicken house.
  7. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    I think baking soda would just clump up if it got wet. Try to get some Sweet PDZ. I buy it at the local feed store.

  8. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    How much does a bag of that run, keljonma?
  9. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    The local feed store (Western Reserve Farm Co-op) sells it in 2 sizes:
    10# costs $4.99 and 40# costs $12.99

    On the Sweet PDZ site, they have a place where you can look for a local distributor.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2008
  10. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Thanks folks!

    If I had access to Chase Manhattan bank, I'd try DE. It's like 8.00 a pound up here.

    Those of you who say it's an irritant to the lungs, are you saying that it can harm the birds' lungs or that humans shouldn't breath the dust.

    I use pine shavings in the coop. I am trying to do deep litter in it, but that'll have to be another post soon to come!

    My 'order'? You may click on the website thing near my post to see more than you probably care to know about Chickenmonks life of prayer and labor!

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