Have you ever smelled your chickens?

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

  1. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I love nuzzling my sweet girls!
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  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Yes! [​IMG]
  3. BunnyMomma

    BunnyMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2010
    Olin, North Carolina
    I too must have sweet smelling chickens! I only clean the coop once each year in the spring. after I clean it out I wash the walls down with a Bleach solution and redo everything. I put pine shavings over the dirt floor of the coop and I add a few handfulls of dried grass clippings every time I mow. I also keep a bottle of febreeze inside the coop if I need it. (the Christmas Tree scent that comes out in the fall). The chicks have an 9x9 predator proof coop, and a daylot that is 50 X 25 feet.I clean the poop off of the board over the nests and I add it to my compost pile about once every other month or as needed. I use Diametaceous earth and boric acid powder under the straw in the nests and in the corners of the bottom of the coop. We never have mites or pesky bugs and it is organic!
    The coop has 2 windows, and a door for ventilation. We built it from the roof of the old well house that was on our farm when we bought it. The other side of the coop is a shaded area that I keep straw, and a few handy tools in. I keep my feed inside the coop.
    It is nice and dry and well ventilated with a fan. I live in NC and the summers here are soooo hot and humid.
    It is not smelly at all, infact my neighbors remarked that they never smell my chickens! I cannot stand to go to a farm where the smells could gag a dog off of a gut wagon. I went to one a few weeks ago and I thought I was gonna die! I am glad other people take time to keep their birds sweet smelling too.
    Way to go![​IMG]
    Hello, from Bunny in NC!
  4. MakNugget

    MakNugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2010
    Portland, OR
    They smell like a clean bird to me, which is to say they don't stink or have an off sort of odor. They spend much time keeping themselves clean to their standards via dust baths and constant preening. I imagine if they DO start developing a smell it would be due to poor hygiene from overly wet conditions and unable to dust themselves properly.

    My coop is not sparkly either, and although I do use a poop board on one roost, I use it more like a poop deflector than to keep my deep litter clean. The contents often get dumped to the litter floor. The coop does not smell either, and the only time there's any kind of noticeable odor is when there's a fresh cecal poo head level (Yum. [​IMG] ) which is easily dealt with by topping with dry litter.
  5. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I have a chicken on my lap most every evening and I love to nuzzle her right up into my nose -- she's soft and smells clean. [​IMG]

  6. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    BC Canada
    I too love to snuggle and sniff Lulu. She smells fresh. Sometimes though, you can tell where she's been laying - I can smell the tomato leaves or herb scent if she has been laying in the shade under these plants in the garden.
  7. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    Ok, Now I have to go smell my chickens!
  8. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Never smelt a stinky chicken.

    Sheep smell good, too (IMO....and if not suffering with diarrhoea).

    But my dog pongs and my goat leaves his 'delightful' odour wherever he rums his head.....now THAT takes some washing off.

    But chickens....clean smelling.

  9. LauraG

    LauraG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    Upstate, NY
    Yes, I love the earthy chicken smell. [​IMG]

    But nothing beats horse smell. I could wiff horses & horse barns all day......
  10. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    I agree! They do smell good! [​IMG]

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