I need some advice about my run PU!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LoneCowboy, May 18, 2009.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    So I'm cleaning out my run. I noticed a while back that the dirt had a weird hollow sound when I walked on it, so I dug up a little of it. It comes up in huge 1" thick slaps of poop and under it is the leaves I put in last fall, it's all wet under and STINKS like the sewer. Right now I'm digging out all the poop layers and figure I should let it dry before putting down fresh dirt, but is there something I can do to keep this from happening?
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Keep your ground turned up. The smell is most likely trapped methane from the rotting vegetation. The hardened layers prevented proper airflow and didn't allow for aerobic bacteria to do their work and break down the leaves into compost. Unfortunately, it's going to stink like that for a while, even after it dries out. I used lime to get rid of the stench when that happened to me, but I also didn't let the chickens anywhere near it for a couple weeks after. I heard DE sprinkled in sometimes prevents that caking/stinking mess. I have never tried it, so I can't say for sure.
  3. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    The leaves have gone anaerobic and are bound to stink. The gasses given off can even be toxic. Once you stir things up the smell will be back to normal as it gets oxygen and starts to dry out.

    Not much you can do to keep it from happening short of taking a pitch form to the run from time to time to break the soil up and turn it a bit.
  4. lux_interior

    lux_interior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2009
    put down sand! the poop will stay on top and is easier to scoop out!
  5. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    I agree with the sand. Also, if you put down a temporary layer of pine shavings for a day, that will immediately make it smell a little bit better. Then, you can rake that up and compost it.

    That's why horse--people love pine shavings--they make the barn smell nice!
  6. chickens3

    chickens3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Eau Claire, Michigan
    That is funny i like the way you put that.

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