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Lime in coops?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TwoDogFarm, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. TwoDogFarm

    TwoDogFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How well does lime work in a chicken coop to keep it dryer, less smelly and less fly-infested? Is it safe to use in there with my chickens and ducks?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The right kind of lime is safe. I use pelletized lime because it is also not dusty. It dehydrates anythin g it touches, making poop unattractive to flies. I guess it also stops the bacterial action on the surface of the poop, to remove smells. You only eed a handful slung around the coop; I find it quite effective.
     
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    I would get PDZ instead. It is made as a horse stall freshener. Have used it routinely for damp areas and rids smells and is chicken safe. Haven't had any fly issues. Search PDZ on forums, there is a lot of experience with it. That's where I learned about it.
     
  4. TwoDogFarm

    TwoDogFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, both. That was very helpful. We might look into some of that pdz. I've never heard of it, but it has some good reviews online.
     

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