I smell chickens!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gotchooks?, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. gotchooks?

    gotchooks? In the Brooder

    Jul 17, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    It's been raining and DAMP for the last few days, and I've noticed I can smell the chicken coop as soon as I walk out my back door. My coop is located about 50 feet from the house. I've been using the deep litter method with DE, and have never had any problems with odor before (I started with fresh pine shavings in May) I went into the coop this morning to make sure the litter was dry. It was, so I'm wondering if I should change it. For those that use the deep litter method, do you smell the coop more in damp weather? It's not unpleasant (to me), it's just...there.
  2. marymac

    marymac Songster

    Jul 12, 2008
    Northeast Ohio
    I have noticed the same thing here too. We've had lots of rain lately too. I think it's probably normal and won't be so bad when it quits raining. I'm not worried about it.
  3. Bugcrusher

    Bugcrusher In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Yep, when it gets damp you have some anaerobic, (no oyxgen), conditions in the deep layers and it starts to ferment, hence the smell. You can use a pitch fork and turn it a bit to disturb the layers and get some air under there, also mix in a bit of lime,,and that should kill the odor. Works like a charm for me in Fl with all this liquid sunshine...lol

    Last edited: Sep 13, 2008
  4. Alleychick

    Alleychick Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    Ya you gotta turn the poop every once in awhile, its not getting any air.
  5. skyfires

    skyfires Trying to hide

    Jul 19, 2008
    The Ozarks of Arkansas
    Yeah,,, here in Arkansas too. But the scent of mine has faded. I had my sister come over( she has a great sniffer) and she couldn't smell it anymore,,,,give it time,,,, [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. skyfires

    skyfires Trying to hide

    Jul 19, 2008
    The Ozarks of Arkansas
    I didn't put 'turn it' in there,,,, turn it and give it time,,,there now,,,fixed !!!!! hahaha!!!
  7. freerange freaks

    freerange freaks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I noticed a smell here too with all of the rain. But upon closer inspection, it seems to be coming from the chicken run and not from the coop itself. If your litter is dry, it may possibly be the wet ground around the coop that is the culpret.

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