Is baking soda safe to sprinkle on the floor of the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mtnviewfarms, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. mtnviewfarms

    mtnviewfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    We keep our flock of Barred Rocks ( 3 roosters and 24 pullets ) in a large
    very well ventilated coop which also gets sunshine through the large windows
    that we have covered with heavy duty predator proof wire.

    We are trying the 'deep litter' method and in spite of putting down lots
    of fresh wood shavings ( hubby is a woodworker so no shortage of that )
    and dry leaves, pine straw, etc. and even though the floor appears to be
    dry I notice a whiff of amonia now and then and wondered if it would be
    safe to use food grade baking soda on the floor of the coop to help absorb
    odors and any moisture that may be there but not visible on the floor of the

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sorry, nope, due to the high salt content.
  3. mtnviewfarms

    mtnviewfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you Cynthia ( Neighbor ) - I thought there was probably a good reason
    people didn't report using it - now I know why.

  4. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    What about a layer of stall dry? Or, sprinkle some DE, that helps. Or, hang a bunch of vanilla car scent trees which help keep away flies and smells. Ha ha
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hey there, Elaine! [​IMG]

    I tried those vanilla car air freshener things this year. Wow, they actually did work! They smelled nice for awhile and I had no flies at all in any of the coops, though there were plenty outside.

    I do sprinkle DE under the roosts and stir it around. It dries things out, which helps keep ammonia odors down. Stall Dry works, but doesn't seem to go very far so I quit using it.
  6. flowerchicks

    flowerchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2009
    n. california
    The vanilla air fresheners repel flies?? I have ever heard that. I actually have more flies in the run area than the coop, I will have to try this
  7. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    I mix DE with the pine shavings before I put them in the coop and it helps keep things dry and odor down. I also use agricultural lime on any problem areas outside, but not so much anymore since we started using sand in the runs. And yes definitely on the vanilla air fresheners. I have them tied on top of my runs. Keeps the flies away and smell great!

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