Managing smell with lime?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GregM, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. GregM

    GregM Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2009
    I clean my coop and run each week, but with warmer weather coming I suspect that odors and flies may become more of an issue. I understand that you can dramatically limit the odor with a generous sprinkling of lime. Does anyone know if there is a (functional) difference between the powdered stuff and the pelletized version (usually used for lawn care) that you can buy at Home Depot? Thanks for the advice.
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    good question! is it safe for them??
  3. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    You do not want the hydrated lime - the pelleted stuff is fine, it is not hydrated. (not sure which powder you mean or if it is hydrated).

    I use the pelleted lime in my coops (dirt floors in the lower coop). I throw some down then put the bedding on top - kills the odor within 24 hours.

    Hydrated lime reacts with water and will burn them.

    Pelleted is easier, anyway, less mess. Cost is about the same, too.

  4. Maidservant

    Maidservant Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2008
    Norwich, Norfolk, UK
    Add that to the list of things I need to buy before summer sets in!

    Does anyone know if dolometic (I think that's how you spell it) lime is hydrated or not? It doesn't say either on the packaging.

    Emily in NC
  5. robot rooster

    robot rooster Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2009
    Here is a Question, will it work on a pig pen? I ask this because I usually clean the pen out very well, but with the recent rains we have had, the corner the go poo in is all muddy, and then, they have stepped all in and around the area, mixing it with the mud....I don't want it to stink, so what can I do.....

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