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Coop Smell issue?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Angelic Vampyre, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Angelic Vampyre

    Angelic Vampyre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey my new coop is great but after about 2 days it stinks! I am happy to clean it once a week but is there anything I can add to thewood shavings that I use as litter to help with the smell?
     
  2. jwj

    jwj Out Of The Brooder

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  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    DE works wonders!
     
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  4. jnkir7

    jnkir7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    stall dry works great in mine
     
  5. Peeplperson

    Peeplperson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is your ventilation?
     
  6. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the DE!

    Ventilation is an absolute must as well. If your coop gets musty (due to lack of ventilation) it'll get nasty fast! With proper ventilation, you shouldn't smell anything at all. How deep are your wood shavings??

    One thing I also do is throw some cracked corn or scratch inside the coop to encourage them to scratch around the floor of the coop therefore moving the poo down to the bottom. I use hay in mine and it seems to work fine.
     
  7. Pokes79

    Pokes79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is DE?
     
  8. Big C

    Big C J & C Farms

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  9. newchicksnducks

    newchicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you have a droppings board under the roost? Cleaning this just takes a couple of minutes. I do mine every 2-3 days, would do daily if needed. It really helps keep the odor down.
     
  10. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I use something called sweet pdz. It dries up the feces and kills the odor. You will need some way to keep the poo from getting on the floor. Exp. A poop board or something under the roost to catch most of the poo. It really makes a difference. I use the Sweet PDZ on the poop each am. Also you do need good ventilation at the top of the coop to exhaust the odors , gases and moisture the chicks put off.
    I have used and am still using wood chips on the floor but want to switch to sand. It stays dryer with my dirt clay soil floor than just chips alone. i have it in one section of the coop already. I put down the wire and then cover heavily with the sand. The chickens love to dust in it and believe or not it is less dusty to the walls than the chips. It takes a bit of adjusting things for the coop to be right but you will get there. Gloria Jean
     

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