Have you ever smelled your chickens?

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

  1. swampwander

    swampwander Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Mims, Fl
    Only when ill, really. I smell the coop to make sure it's still clean smelling, particularly after heavy rains. I don't want any complaining neighbors.
  2. organicchef

    organicchef Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 14, 2007
    Central NC
    Quote:Yep...I agree! I love the smell of horses, cows and my chickens. We are a strange and wonderful group! (or maybe it's the REST of the world that is "strange"!!!)

  3. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    We keep our coop clean, I don't mind a slight odor, but I don't want it to stink or become unhealthy. I've smelled those egg "farms" and it's enough to make you vomit. The chickens themselves smell good, nice and clean. As long as they can dust bathe, I think it keeps them in excellent condition.[​IMG]
  4. ParadiseFoundFarm

    ParadiseFoundFarm Goddess of Good Things

    Jul 6, 2010
    Joliet, IL
    [​IMG] Unless your living it you wouldn't understand it.
    I love it too. [​IMG]
    Boy are we a weird bunch! [​IMG]
  5. pinkpoppey

    pinkpoppey Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2010
    I haven't got any chickens (yet!) and yes it sounds weird that a chicken could smell nice. I somehow always thought chickens would smell like a petco except less of the rodent smell and much less strong. I always liked that smell but my family scrunches their noses at it and I see others do the same when the smell hits them. Others smile. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  6. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2010
    I think that when you love a critter you come to love the smell. My cats don't stink, except after a fart (and they do fart) and even when the coop stinks due to rain, the chickens don't smell.
    I must admit I am not the best at coop cleaning, it is due now, either I add more bedding or sweep and compost the stuff in there. Normally I only scrub it down once a year, and it is that time. I let the litter get pretty deep over the winter and it smelled by spring, but last year I didn't have nest boxes. Think it will be cleaned more often since the babies should lay in Feb, and I think I will have a couple girls lays off and on all winter.

    Now my daughter thinks the chickens stink, coop and all, but not as bad as dogs. She's a devoted cat person.
  7. GotChicken?

    GotChicken? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    The Thumb, MI
    I also agree that chickens have a surprisingly pleasant scent to them.

    Broody poop, on the other hand...[​IMG]
  8. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    Pick up a dry chicken and sniff it...
    A nice pleasant clean smell . I smell a chicken at least once a day...
    And yes some times they smell like peanut butter! Especially when one of the kids just got done eating a PJ sandwich and then ran out to the coop to hug a chicken.....[​IMG]

  9. mrsbos

    mrsbos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2010
    Greenacres, WA
    I purposely went out and smelled my chickens the other day just because I had been reading this post. I had never actually stuck my nose right in their feathers before (and I've only had chickens for 6 weeks now). Guess what? They smell great! And they're just so cuddley too! I may have to smell my chickens on a daily basis now [​IMG]
  10. kalim1993

    kalim1993 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 28, 2010
    Uk, Lancashire, Preston
    Haha Great to know Im not the only wierd kid on this forum that loves the smell of his beautiful hens.

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