help me control the smell

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gazinga, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    ok, my wife just got two pet pigeons, which she prefers to keep in the house. I find that they smell a little to me. She cleans the cage once a week at least, sometimes twice. I have to admit they sure look clean and she even bathes them and blow drys them. But god lover her, i still think they smell just a little. SO can anyone give us some tips on how to knock out the smell?
     
  2. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What type of cage and bedding are you using?

    I have 2 canaries in a large flight cage. I use corncob bedding that you can get at Walmart.. Don't notice any smell....

    Maybe keeping pine shavings for bedding in cage would help with the odor?
     
  3. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    i use the same pine shaving bedding and DE mix i use for the chickens. Water stays ultra clean twice a day, clean food and clean birds, im confused.
     
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never had problems with keeping pigeons outdoors.

    A friend had a pair of doves in his very spacious living room.

    I thought that worked okay but I wouldn't have been very comfortable with my pigeons indoors. Gosh, they can eat a ton and with all that food . . . [​IMG]

    Steve
     
  5. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    eat poop, eat poop, eat poop
     
  6. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You aren't supposed to try to discourage that with the chicks. B12 is deficient in a vegetarian diet and so isn't found in regular pigeon food.

    May not be very pleasant to think about but they can't get B12 any other way than from a bacteria-rich, ummm, food.

    I don't have pigeons these days. Now with chickens . . . . they'll eat just anything - at any age, without excuse and without hesitation [​IMG].

    Steve
     
  7. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    discourage what?
     
  8. Kung Foo Chicken

    Kung Foo Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Until I can get my new cage built I have been keeping my D'uccles in a large rabbit cage with a drop down tray they can't reach to peck. I use a small layer of unscented clumping cat litter. If you do something like this make sure they can't reach to eat it.


    Rain Rain Go Away D'uccles want to play!
     
  9. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    hmmmm, thats an idea. I believe im gonna have to convenince her to move them outside
     
  10. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    It's probably going to take changing the bedding at least every other day. That's really the only way to keep down the odor. DE helps and you could probably use some of the baking soda type of carpet fresh sprinkled in...
     

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