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  1. michaelf1478

    michaelf1478 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been reading up on barn lime in the run to reduce smell. Seems like a great idea since it's only $3.00 a bag. I purchased a bag yesterday and put it in the run today. I cleaned my run/coop out, shifted the dirt around, applied the lime the shifted it again. My question is did I do this right or not??
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I generally use barn lime in my coop to dry it out, or before I put down fresh bedding. Outside I have sprinkled it on smelly soil, but it isn't a long term solution. Deep litter in a run can keep smells down. I put grass clipping, fall leaves, hay, and weeds pulled from my gardens, as well as sod clumps from edging all in my run. The chickens have stuff to scratch through and work, and it breaks down into soft well drained soil.
     
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  3. michaelf1478

    michaelf1478 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I clean my run/coop out once a week. Just when it rains the smell get awful. Luckily I live in the country so there are no neighbors to worry about, but when I'm in my shop it's awful lol
     
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    Make a deep litter there. It will solve the smell problem and create a healthy soil for your chickens.
     
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  6. michaelf1478

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    michaelf1478 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will start throwing my grass shavings and pine straw in the run. Going to take alot of trips to get it full though lol. Thanks for the advice.
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Add thin layers of grass clipping, too much will mold unless your chickens are working it well.
     
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  9. michaelf1478

    michaelf1478 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad you chimed in to. Was going to get started on it this weekend. Thanks
     
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  10. jeria

    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YW lime will sweeten soil etc and help with odors but reading that made me leery about the safety of using it much for the chickens.
     

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