How do I keep my Decomposed granite clean ?

Sactownchicks

Hatching
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I have a small flock of three hens , with a decomposed floor on the outside run are there any tricks to keeping the smell down or cleaning it ?

thank you ! Jason
 

scratch'n'peck

Crowing
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I'm not really sure what "decomposed" granite is. But some people add stall dry or Diatomaceous earth (food grade) to the run. You can do a search on these on this site to see if they might fit your needs.

Welcome to the forum!
 

DawnSuiter

Songster
12 Years
HI Sactownchicks, well, you need to be able to clean it.
If your gravel was several inches deep over a layer of dirt or sand, you could probably just pick up any major poop with a shovel or rake and hose the rest down. Adding deodorizer or neutralizer of some sort if needed, not sure the right thing here, maybe garden lime?

I'd say the EASIEST solution is to take the time now to get it clean once, whatever it takes.

Then scatter some straw, a thin sparse single layer, in the run from then on, not a lot, just enough so that the poop can stick to the straw. Then you can rake it out once a week or more if needed & replace. You might even get away with leaving it until a rain or something. If the rain is planned, you might even think ahead and rake it out, leave it gravel and let the rain wash the rocks for you.

You might think about a new design for the future.

We had a couple of coops like that and we scattered Quickcrete over our clean 2" bed of decomposed granite and watered it in, making a rough concrete floor. Then use the scattered straw method. Works so much better for us on those runs now.

Best of luck to you!
 
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arcatamarcia

Songster
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i would think putting sand on top of the granite would work too. One or both of two things needs to happen. Either you have to be able to pick up the poo or it needs to be able to sink down in and either dry out or decompose quickly. Sand seems to me to be the best of both worlds. I put it four inches deep over 2 inches of gravel and have had no problems. I spot clean (like cleaning a cat box) once or twice a week. The rest just sinks under the sand, dries out, and eventually becomes more sand.
 

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