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how to keep the smell down?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by savilcr, May 3, 2011.

  1. savilcr

    savilcr Chirping

    Jan 26, 2011
    I clean up my coop a few times a week, does anyone know anything to use to keep it from smelling bad?

  2. rungirl

    rungirl Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    It doesn't usually smell bad unless it's wet. Wood shavings keeps mine dry and smelling good.
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Most of the smell comes from not having proper ventilation, or your coop is way too small for the amount of birds you keep there. DE also helps keep the smell to almost a whiff ( good stuff ).
  4. Denab

    Denab In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    La Center Ky
    Yes D.E works wonders, we also use pine shavings
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My coops rarely smell at all, not unless we've had a long run of rainy weather and the air itself is saturated. That transfers into the coop. I de-poop under the roosts daily and that helps a great deal. On occasion, I sprinkle in some DE to dry things out since it's a dessicant. Proper ventilation is paramount!
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I agree with the previous posts: Lots of rain doesn't help, ample ventilation, ample space per bird, DE, etc. I'll add that dropping boards scraped daily (takes a minute or so) really helps keep bedding drier and poo free...
  7. CAdreaming

    CAdreaming In the Brooder

    May 2, 2011
    Cherokee County, GA
    Please excuse my ignorance as I am only just getting started with raising chickens but what is DE?

  8. PHarris985

    PHarris985 Chirping

    Mar 16, 2011
    I use sand on the floor. I use a snake scooper taped to a broom stick and scoop it out like cat litter everyother day and the chickens love and and I have no smell.
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Diatomacious Earth (sp?) - basically a fine powder made from fossilized matter (forms of algae, etc.)...I believe. Fresh water DE is the type that's safe for animals/plants.
  10. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

    Mar 18, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    Quote:Diatomaceous earth... is a white powder substance which consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It does a lot of good stuff. It is a natural insecticide (due to its abrasive nature) it helps absorb moisture and because of that odor. It must be "food grade". DO NOT use the DE they use for filtering pools... it will harm your chickens. Some people swear that if you mix a small amount with chicken feed (some people give to all their animals) it is a natural dewormer. BTW... your not ignorant... just starting out... we have all been there! Welcome![​IMG]

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