Have you ever smelled your chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by woodmort, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2010
    Raytown, MO (BY KCMO)
    I'm not a chicken "smeller" as you guys are but I do know that when the chickens have mites, you can tell by the smell in the pen. Also, I've been trying a new method of constantly adding pine shavings to the bottom of the pen. This helps too. But the best cleanest hens, is the ones who get PLENTY of dirt baths. [​IMG]

  2. TreeHugger

    TreeHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    I love the smell of the chicken house for the first few weeks after I clean it - pine shavings with a hint of chicken. However, I doubt Yankee Candle will ever have that scent available [​IMG]
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  3. Rockin' Reds

    Rockin' Reds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2010
    Penrose, Colorado
    Oh thank GAWD!!! I'm not the only one!! I LOVE the way my chickens smell!! Granted, I have only been on this little chicken adventure of mine for a few months now, but I have not had any problems with even my coop smelling. I will confess however that I am a "Harriet Homemaker" when it comes to my coop. I only have 11 birds and a small coop so when I open it up in the morning I do scoop the poo up off of the pine shavings (thank you DH for the cat litter scoop idea!!) every morning as there are only about 6 or so little piles. It takes me all of about 10 minutes to get the coop opened up and cleaned and the food and water set out for the day. I was initially terrified as my neighbor has chickens and I have seen her go in to clean her coop in some type of hazmat suit and mask. That actually stopped me from getting them sooner. Go figure!! [​IMG]

    Anyway, thanks for this thread because I'm sure I won't be saying this around my regular peeps who already think I'm stone cold insane. [​IMG]
  4. ZombieChickens

    ZombieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't smell them, but one of the neighbor girls says they smell like Peanut butter. She is very insistent. [​IMG]
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, thank you so much, woodmort, for mentioning this. I mean, it's not like it's The Top Important Topic in Keeping Chickens, nor does it solve any problems, but it's REAL and it reassured me where I wasn't even sure I needed reassurance. [​IMG]

    Co-workers already think I'm jess a bit techted in the head. I've never mentioned I sniff my chickens now and then, after the first surprise of discovering one of my hens smelled pretty good. Well, that she had an acceptable and rather pleasant odor to her feathers. People at work know I have purchased and put a "shawl" (saddle) on Carl's favorite gal, and why. They heard about my successful save of a nearly drowned hen who'd fallen into the stock tank/duck pool. Everybody knows I name all the chickens and would never eat any of 'em. They are amazed I know which eggs in the carton they buy from me have been produced by which chicken.

    Many have suffered through the little photo essays I share about the antics in my flock.

    Many more simply shake their heads when they hear about Matilda, who has become my special needs chicken, as her legs are paralyzed and I'm providing her supportive and palliative care instead of "putting her down."

    But to admit I'm a chicken-sniffer? Just another reason I am so pleased there is a BYC and it's supported by SO many folks who really DO understand!
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2010
  6. jeb251

    jeb251 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2009
    Fort Wayne
    oh well wait till you smell a chicken fart then see what you think, or maybe it was me, the wife said I was just trying to blame someone else
  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Oh, wait until you get a wiff of a buck goat in rut.
  8. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2010
    Raytown, MO (BY KCMO)
    Quote:That will be a first, been around chickens for over 35 years and never smelled a chicken fart yet. I'm inclined to agree with your DW.

  9. colada584

    colada584 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Gardiner, NY
    Quote:That line just made me laugh! [​IMG]
  10. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2009
    They do smell good! Reminds me of my boys hair when they've been playing in the sunshine. It's a good smell.

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