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Cement floor Coop and STINK!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Bridebeliever, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a 7x15 coop with 9 chicks that are 6 weeks old and one Pullet that is 7 months old. It's a cement floor. The base is pine wood pellets and then there's leaves all over the top. The last two days it has really begun to STINK. I'm really hoping I can fix this. I would like to have a composting coop with deep litter. So I'm wondering what to add next. I got the girls all out of there today and stirred the whole coop up which seemed to help a bit with the stink. I really don't want a stinky coop!
     
  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they using a roost yet? We have a poopboard filled with PDZ under the roost which catches most of the droppings. The PDZ neutralizes the odor and I sift the poop out every day or so. No odor in the coop.
     
  3. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like your coop is big enough. But, sounds like you need more ventilation/fresh air flow. Coop should not stink with 9 birds. I have double that, and no smell at all, in a coop not all that much bigger than yours. But, my coop is well ventilated.
     
  4. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Agreed, how much ventilation does your coop have?
     
  5. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'll get a picture of it soon. It has ventilation about 5' up. It is a cement building that my husband put a roof on.
     
  6. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here's the pictures. Other than the pop door, I don't have a floor ventilation option. [​IMG]
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    These are the "windows"
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    [​IMG] I should say this wall is temporary. Soon they will have access to a floor pop door. Right now I carry them out to free range during the day.
     
  7. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's some exterior shots.
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  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    You need ventilation at the floor level, where the ammonia builds. Fresh air in at the bottom, moves the ammonia upward and out the top. If you can't provide that, then cross ventilation at the top, opposite your present openings and also some roof vents...right now you have ventilation that flows one way and it's too high from the source of the fumes.

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  9. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks. I'm going to keep working on this. I can't get any openings lower down so I'm going to keep putting layers of substrate down until I knock the smell down. I think my depth is way to shallow right now and not absorbing the poop.
     
  10. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking that the problem might be coming from the pine wood pellets. Don't they just turn to sawdust when they get wet? If they've formed a wet, compact layer below the leaves then they might be a source of anaerobic composting which stinks.
     

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