How to deal with stinky poop smell if I use a chicken tractor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Suzy W, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Suzy W

    Suzy W Out Of The Brooder

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    My tractor sits in the grass, and my "three girls" fly up to the roost near the top at night. I move it to a new location twice a week mostly because of the large amount of poops and their smell. (The girls are set out to pasture for about 3 hours each afternoon.)

    How do I use hydrated lime or food grade DE to cut down on the smell if I'm not using shavings, etc. in the grass? (I only have shavings in the roost/nest box area.)

    Every post I've read talks about mixing the lime or DE with shavings of some sort. Could I just sprinkle lime or DE directly on the grass? Will it kill the grass?

    Should I sprinkle the new area prior to moving the tractor or sprinkle it once the poops have built up before I move it again?

    A little confused about the process, and I'm a newbie. Thanks for your patience! I'm sure you all have walked newbies through this same thing a bunch of times!
     
  2. Chicks & Turks

    Chicks & Turks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How big is it? If it's getting smelly in 3 days, sounds like its too small. My girls can be in a 8x8 for 3 weeks before odor comes. Is there ventilation? Pictures would help.
     
  3. Suzy W

    Suzy W Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, it's completely ventilated. Unfortunately, I don't have a digital camera or cell phone with a camera to take a picture for you. It's made of 2 large dog crates totaling 3x10 plus a 5x5 fenced addition. One end, where the roosts are is tarped. So completely and well ventilated.

    Could the poop smell be that they are on medicated feed? (Purina Start & Grow preventing coccidiosis.)
     
  4. Suzy W

    Suzy W Out Of The Brooder

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    Bump![​IMG]
     
  5. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I move my tractor every morning and clean the roost area every week. It only smells if it rains. My run area is 4X8 with 4 chickens.
     
  6. Suzy W

    Suzy W Out Of The Brooder

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    patman75, have you ever used lime or DE? Thanks.
     
  7. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nope, I just keep moving it and the poop is gone/worked into the grass in about 2 weeks.
     
  8. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    I have two chickens in a 4 by 8 tractor and if there's poop there, I can't see it. They must be saving it up for a special occasion! Or they're eating it.
     
  9. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    It's amazing how much 3 little banties can poo in one day. I have 2 silkies and 1 cochin in their dog house turned banty coop/tractor in the front yard that I move 8' (the length of run) every morning.

    The poo works it's way down in the lawn quickly. No oder at all.

    In the coop, I have wood pellets and aspin shavings. No oder there either.
     
  10. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
    I made a small drawer that slides under their roost. I put a few shavings in it and dump that every day. I'd say that cuts the poo down by almost 1/2. You could use a simple droppings board and scrape it down. I like to get more of the poo into my compost heap anyway where it will help my garden more than my lawn.
     

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