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coup smells sour...what the heck?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by citychicken1, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. citychicken1

    citychicken1 In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2010
    Hi folks, hope your holidays will be wonderfull! The last few nights when I have been "cleaning" my coop down on at floore level I have been smelling something sour in the back of the coop. I have pine shavings about 3 inches deep and I pick out the poo every night then stir the shavings and add a little fresh shavings. This is not an amonia smell . It smells sour. What am I dooing wrong? Am I not cleaning enough? It smells fine after I "clean" up but the next night it stinks again. I usually replace all bedding every two weeks at least. Should I replace it more frequently?

  2. PamB

    PamB Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    Could it be food spilling and getting moldy? I had a problem with wet food once and when you said "sour," that is what it reminded me of. [​IMG]
  3. caspernc

    caspernc Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Z town NC
    Is it a dirt floor or wood? If it were dirt I would think it would be moisture and add some of the probiotic stuff to add good bacteria into the ground or ag grade lime? If it is a wood floor I would think it is your floor is wet and is rotting. If concrete It may be your wall is wet and is rotting. Sour smell to me means something is rotting. JMHO
  4. swimmer

    swimmer Songster

    Aug 17, 2010
    Any broken eggs that you didn't know about??
  5. citychicken1

    citychicken1 In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2010
    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. My floor is vynal over plywood. I suppose it's possable that they are getting food over there, do chickens hide treats for later? I feed them in the run. but mabe my son is feeding them in the coop. Oh! I did give them some alfafa sprouts in there last night could that be it? Also I have been cleaning up a lot of clumps of wet looking shavings, n ot poo. Could one of the girls have sour crop?
  6. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Songster

    Jul 3, 2009
    Where is their water? That smell reminds me of wet shavings. I really don't know why/how but our water is set of 12 x 12 landscaping bricks and the bricks get wet.

    Did water somehow get under the vinyl? That would make a smell that doesn't go away.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010
  7. citychicken1

    citychicken1 In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2010
    My water sets on a crate in the front of the coup. The vynal extends to the edge of the plywood ,with 2x4s that support the outer walls on top of the vynal. I don't think it is getting wet between the two surfaces because when I sweep out it dosen't seem damp.

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