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Getting tired of the stinky brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CutestChickenFarmer, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. CutestChickenFarmer

    CutestChickenFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are 2 1/2 weeks old, and although it's not a putrid smell, per se, I have to admit that they really are stinking up the joint.

    I broke out my bag of Sweet PDZ that I bought at the feed store and sprinkled about a half a coffee cup of it over the most offensive areas (and yes, I cleaned out the litter a few days ago!), topped it with a handful of shavings, and voila!, just like that, the smell was gone. Genius stuff! If you don't have it, go get it.

    It's made to keep down the eye-watering misery of ammonia that builds up in horse stalls, but works like a charm in brooders or coops.

    Susan
     
  2. jackiedon

    jackiedon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    I need to try some of that stuff. Mine are a little smelly themselves. I've cleaned their brooder out a few times.

    jackie
     
  3. jessied1227

    jessied1227 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need to get some of that, too. My 5 guineas stink WAY more than my dozen chicks, and I do complete changes of shavings every other day.

    We go through a lot of pine shavings. [​IMG]

    Jess
     
  4. hensnchix

    hensnchix Out Of The Brooder

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    When my chicks were just a few weeks old, I cleaned their brooder box out once or twice a day. It was a little bit of work, but it kept the smell to a minimum. Also lessened the chance that they'd have poop on their feet when we picked them up to cuddle them!

    Susan
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:It's always great:
    "OH little chickie"

    Pick it up

    "ewww little chickie"

    as you now go to wash your hands off of that nasty stinky cecal poo in the shape of a foot print on your palm.
     
  6. hensnchix

    hensnchix Out Of The Brooder

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    Mmm..and what's even better is when you finally convince a finicky friend to pick up the little chick ("c'mon! how can you resist? she'll fall asleep in your hands! she's the tamest one!") and THAT chick has poop on its feet...

    Susan
     
  7. jackiedon

    jackiedon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    I went out and bought some Sweet PDZ and sprinkled it in their brooders. I moved the guineas out to the shop because they became too flighty.

    I got the powder but they also had granuales....what did you buy?

    jackie
     
  8. CutestChickenFarmer

    CutestChickenFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I bought the powdered kind. I thought the pellets would be more for a wet, rank horse stall. The powder gets into the nooks and crannies and sucks up the bits of moisture and *chickie stink* quite well.

    Susan
     
  9. jody78

    jody78 Out Of The Brooder

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    I use Zeolite but it just doesn't seem to be working all that well… [​IMG]
     

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