How do I keep the smell down in the run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by psinatra, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. psinatra

    psinatra New Egg

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    I have 12 chickens and a turkey. It has been dry most of the summer, but we just got a lot of rain. Now the run smells and I have no idea what to do. Any suggestions?
    Thanks:)
     
  2. Blondie

    Blondie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sweet PDZ. It's a clay type powder you sprinkle around and it gets rid of the smell. You can get it in 25 or 40 pound bags for under $10.
     
  3. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i hope your turkey isnt in the same pen as your chickens, if it is, black head disease can be contracted.
     
  4. psinatra

    psinatra New Egg

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    Thanks Blondie I never heard of Sweet PDZ. [​IMG]

    I have had the turkey in the same coop as the chickens since they were babies and have not had a problem yet.
     
  5. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You could also use some agriculture or hydrated lime. Just be sure to rake it in good before letting the chickens back on it.

    My best solution for yucky pens is sand... It drains well and help keeps the pens from being too sloppy.
     
  6. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand definately was the best thing I ever did.
     
  7. MissChessy

    MissChessy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] My husband runs the tiller in the run and cultivates the soil under. The chickens absolutely loves it when he runs the tiller as it gives them something to scratch for as the dirt has been tilled up. It really helps with the smell and fertilizes your soil.
     
  8. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Quote:I do the same, we have a little Troy-Bilt tiller that I use in the run. I dump grass clippings in there and till them in (I'd use leaves if we had any). It improves drainage and gives the nitrogen something to break down instead of depleting the organic material or leaching into the ground.
     

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