Cleaning smelly chicken yard area

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by PhlyinPheBee, May 18, 2009.

  1. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

    Mar 11, 2009
    Northeast Louisiana
    I have several chickens. There is one part of my yard that they seem to like the best. I have turned over most of it to them. The main area is VERY stinky!!!!!!!!!!!

    What can put out on the dirt at night to help cut down on the smell?? Also in that area there are soooooo many flies. I thought I saw some kind of mix to spray outside on the BYC but I cannnot seem to find it now.
  2. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    You have flies in your chicken area???? Nothing survives my chickens!!! They attack anything that enters their coop and run area. Yesterday they were all fighting over a bumblebee my little EE Opal caught. They even eat mosquitos and gnats!

    I don't know what to tell you about the smell. So far I don't have that problem. Maybe someone with more experience will come along and help you.

  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Go to your feedstore & get "Stall-Dri".
  4. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Songster

    Sep 19, 2008
    If you can't get DE then find Stall Dry, they will both work to cut down the stink and eliminate flies!!!
  5. smokeater413

    smokeater413 Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    NW Florida
    Can you get a tiller to the area, tilling it under may help with the smell.
  6. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    I'd put lime down and fence it off for a week or so. water it regularly so the grass and bacteria can catch up.

    you can get poultry netting and stakes enough to fence it off for probably 20 bucks at lowes. Then you can use it to section off parts of the yard on interval. Its just worth it to do that. I dont let me chickens have one area of the yard for more than a week or so at a time. Otherwise it just gets to disgusting stinky.
  7. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    I'm having this same problem in my dirt floor run with all of the rain that we've been having. Things are even starting to get a little gnatty. I bought a large bag of the Sweet PDZ? (same thing as stall dry, can't get stall dry in Arkansas). And I think I'll spread some of that around and see if it helps. I also plan to cover this area with wood shavings and toss some DE on top of those.
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree with the other posts. Also it's that time of year for all of the flies to hatch out. I have more flies right now too.
  9. vwoods

    vwoods Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Spotsylvania, Virginia
    I have a very wet run right now because of all the rain and it has gotten very stinky. Also, I do not think the wet is good for their feet. I let mine free range as much as possible over our 5 acres when I am home. But that hasn't helped dry my run or with the "stink" of the wet run. So...since I just did the yearly thorough coop cleaning I put my old shavings from the coop in the run with a generous sprinking of DE. What an amazing difference that made. No stink, and it's all dry now. I feel better about leaving them in the run while I am at work. They are happier:) And I do not miss that smell!
  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Quote:Oh boy, I can guarantee it won't. I turned the dirt in my run about a month ago and it smelled so bad that my neighbors and I were all gagging. If you're going to till it, do it on a hot, dry day so that it can dry out quickly.

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