Can you use something other than DE for the smell?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Crazy4Chicks, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    I am trying to use the deep litter method in the coop since winter is finally here and I want my chickens nice and warm.
    I read on here all the time that DE is great for controlling the chicken poop smell - but I am having a hard time finding it here and when I look online it is kinda pricey- is there something else i might be able to use to help with smell that will not harm the chickens?

    any ideas will be great
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    You can use Sweet PDZ. Thats what I use...ALOT cheaper than the DE. I only use DE for feed, and dusting. Something else you can use is Stall Fresh. Either one you can get a farm supply store.
  3. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    thank you i will check and see what one will work best for us. I have noticed that the coop has been smelling a little funky lately so I will look this weekend.

  4. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Your litter may not be getting turned over enough and over packing. You may want to try throwing some scratch feed on the floor and let the chickens go searching for it. They are great little litter turners with the right motivation.
  5. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    great idea thank you - they were eating outside but since it has started to snow I moved thier food/water in the coop- never thought of putting the little buggers to work- about time they did some work around here for all the feed/corn/oatmeal etc..etc.. i give them LOL

  6. hoosierhen

    hoosierhen Songster

    Sep 26, 2007
    What is Sweet PDZ?
  7. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Songster

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    My husband uses lime in our pens....I am under the impression that that's safe...any opinions?
  8. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    If it's agricultural lime, it should be loaded with calcium and magnesium. I put quite a few pounds of it in my pond when it was first "curing" and it has always been a healthy pond with scads of fish. Read the label on the lim and as with anything else, be judicious about how much you use. My vote is that is would be ok in small amounts, I would likely email unicorn though and just double check.....
  9. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    The only kind of lime that is safe to use around chickens is garden lime...the hydrated kind will burn their feet and should only be used if the chickens are going to be out of the run for acouple weeks or so and the ground tilled before and after....

    Another option I use Dry Stall mixed with my DE to control odors in winter.....
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2007
  10. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Songster

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    Hmm, i'll have to check this out then. It's chaulky white. It hurts to breath it in. Sounds like I may need to get something else. Right now my real problem is absorbing all the wetness as my big pen is a real 'mud bath'.

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