getting rid of smell in run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by frizzleman74, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    Fairfield County
    i have an open run and it reeks of chicken poo. I rake it every now in then but its still not enough, its not covered yet so i dont know why it smells so bad, what are ways to get rid of the odor?
  2. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    What is in your run? Just plain dirt or do you have sand/pea gravel/ or wood chips? Straw/hay will make more stinky. I just recommend keeping it clean and covering it if you can. Also how big is it and how many chickens? Over population could be the problem too.
  3. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    You didn't say what kind of surface you have down - we have recently put sand down in our runs and love it. Easy to rake out and does not smell. You can add some DE and/or lime (agricultural lime) as well. The chickens love the sand, too. We bought coarse river sand, and they use it for their grit, for dustbathing, peck and scratch endlessly in them something to do.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I'd put sand down as stilldeb said and sweet PDZ- sprinkle a cupfull when you smell the odor. DE works also.

    There is a sweet PDZ website with chicken recommendations. I get it from the feed store. It is a horse stall refresher.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011
  5. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    Fairfield County
    right now its just plain dirt, but i put some hay down in certain parts, so that might be my issue, part of it is coverd and there are only 3 silkie chickens in it. its 16ft by 12ft so its pretty big for 3 chickens
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    i put some hay down

    There's where the odor is coming from​

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