Keeping odors down

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by skysoldier, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. skysoldier

    skysoldier In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2011
    What are some good options for keeping the odor down in the chicken run?

  2. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    We are laying down sand so we can rake daily. That's one option I've heard is good.
  3. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Fresh chicken droppings don't smell, other than the cecal ones. However, if they get wet, they do begin to stink. So keeping things dry is your best solution. However, even dry droppings will attract flies. I have sand in my covered runs, and go around daily with a reptile litter scoop and pick out as many of the droppings as reasonably possible. Every so often I rake the sand to till in the droppings that I've missed.
  4. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    WE put a DEEP layer of oak leaves in our run. I have a rake that I use to rake them around every two or three days. Eventually, you have some beautiful compost under those. I have more leaves and it is time to add a layer. We have very little odor unless it rains, and then I just rake more often for a day or two.
  5. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    There are two products - Stall Dry and Sweet PDZ.

    I prefer Sweet PDZ. I really only have a problem when it rains. Then I liberally sprinkle Sweet PDZ. It absorbs the moisture and helps cut the ammonia. I just sprinkle a layer on and let the chickens scratch it around. It is safe for them.
  6. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Yup, keep it very, very dry. I use oak leaves, too. Not only are the FREE for the taking in the fall and again in the spring (but fall leaves are better quality, more intact and generally drier), but I believe that the tannin really helps keep odor down. When I ran out last year in July/August and had to switch to straw, I suddenly got more odor, especially with the ducks (yeah, try keeping a duck pen dry!).

    Deep litter, keep it dry, rake around and topdress frequently, use Sweet PDZ, clean it out 2-3 times a year, and no odor problems.
  7. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    Quote:Agree, you probably will find you have a moisture / mold problem or that it's a ammonia fume build up due to lack of ventilation. When you clean out the coop, look at fixing the problem's source (roof leak, rain drop splatter, water fount, lack of venting, etc) If you water your birds inside the coop, maybe you can put a tray with a grate over it, under the waterer to catch the drips and keep the litter dry or simply move the fount outside since that's where chicken like to spend their time.

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