Muddy, smelly coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by flytpm, May 10, 2009.

  1. flytpm

    flytpm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've had rain for 9 days straight here. Now my 5 Bantams run is muddy and a little smelly. What should I do to help keep the smell down so I don't upset the neighbors?
     
  2. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    I would love the answer to this question too! Same problem here.
     
  3. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pulverized garden lime inside my coop under my bedding to keep the smell down and the ammonia neutralized. It should work OK outside. There is also stall freshener available at stores that sell horse supplies, it has lime and other ingredients to keep the bedding less smelly
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    See the link in my .sig below (the "fixing muddy run" link) for help [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I've heard good things of StallDri. I think they are little pellets with DE in them. May be worth researching [​IMG] We usually till up our run before a big riain so everything is mixed and not just straight poo. It doesn't do a lot, but helps a little
     
  6. kajunchicken

    kajunchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I've heard that if you use lime make sure it's food grade, if there is such a thing. Or use diatomaceous earth ( food grade).
     
  7. maizie

    maizie Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a similar situation where I was living a couple of years ago and I used grass clippings to keep the ground less muddy. My neighbor had no mower so I cut her yard in exchange for the grass and everyone was happy![​IMG]
     
  8. verlaj

    verlaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have had torrential rains for the last week and I have an open sided coop with a dirt floor. I just cleaned out part of my wet coop and sprayed with Oxine AH. That should help. In a few weeks, I am going to fill back in with sand to improve the drainage on the surface.
     
  9. annek

    annek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can get Sweet PDZ it is recommended for stuff like that. Safe for chickens to eat. Used for horses etc. in stalls and to dry things up.
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    My Coop
    sand, gravel and stall dry.
     

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