I've had chickens chickens for years at the last house we lived in and I've never had this problem. Please help. The girls have a 12X8 coop (shed) with a vent at the peak on front and back, three windows with screens and the pop door. I have 10 chickens so they aren't crowded. The floor is wood that I painted with a really good outdoor paint. My coop stinks stinks stinks! Here in NH it is hard to find straw and the prices are out of this world so I use wood chip bedding I get at Tractor Supply. Every morning I flip over the bedding and mix it well. There are no leaks from the roof or the waterers so the bedding is dry....maybe too dry. I sweep down the walls and ceiling to keep the dust from accumulating too much. Each morning the girls are let out to range in a large enclosed area. It is grassy and is not muddy or bare. During the day the girls only go into the coop to eat, lay eggs or drink. The also have water and food outside. Should I use a different bedding? The latest Backyard Poultry issue talks about deep litter and using leaves as bedding. The article also stated (if I remember correctly) that he is able to harvest nice compost from his coop. If I pick up 2 hands full of litter there is very little poop in it. No ammonia smell but stinks. I've tried stall dry and sweet pdz but they only help for a day or 2. Tomorrow I'll clean the coop again, put the litter on my compost pile and it still looks clean. Should I mist the litter with water? Maybe add some soil to get the deep litter process going? Use straw? Try leaves? Alfalfa pellets? I'm stumped and frustrated.