my chicken run/coop smells bad!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MyCritterAddiction, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. MyCritterAddiction

    MyCritterAddiction Chirping

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    To remind everyone; I am new to the world of chickens and only have had them for a couple of months now. In the past week, their run has been smelling bad as well as their coop. We have been having a lot of rain lately and the heat/ humidity has been unbearable (I live in the deep south!). Could this be contributing to the odor? The flies are even starting to get bad. I have pine wood shavings in the coop, and that smells too. This weekend I am planning on raking that out and replacing it. What else can I do to keep the odor down as well as the flies?
     
  2. Nyla

    Nyla Crowing

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    There is lots of supplies that you can find at your local feed store. Have you been changing the bedding in the coop/run weekly or even 2 times a week? During the rainy days, I clean my coops the day before it suppose to rain. And then I clean them the day after rain is over. Wet bedding can cause bacteria to grow and can make chickens sick.
    As for my run, I put sand down. The entire pen is covered in sand.
    This is my Muscovy Aviary with sand on the ground. I recently sold all my chickens, but I treated them the same as my ducks.
    The sand helps eliminate odor's and flies. My Muscovy's also eat flies..
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  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Crowing

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    Sand, something that will drain away the water---your run has to drain or you will always have a mess when its wet. Pine shavings is not good for a wet hole. Barn lime will help-----I just always mix up some in some water---using a big watering can to pour it out over the smelly area's etc. The reason I mix it is I did not want the chickens eating a lot of it.
     
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    Its been raining (small floods) nearly every day last week and this week. I have not been changing the bedding because it hasn't really stopped raining. I am hope to get it done today or tomorrow, but of course we are under severe thunderstorm watch with heavy rail and hail possible until 9 pm tonight (AGAIN!).
     
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    I like the sand idea!! I have thought about lime too, just didn't know how safe it would be.
     
  6. Nyla

    Nyla Crowing

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    I switched to sand a little over 6 months ago and never regretted it since! Really does help with the odor and chickens can dust bathe.
     
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  7. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    I too live in the deep south and I use the deep litter method, I didn't use to use this and before I did smell nastiness. Now....no smell.
     
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    If you have access to mint, grow it in a couple of pots. Cut back the tops or pull leaves & put on the poop trays in the coop or under your roost. Flies don't like mint, most pest & mice don't either & as a bonus it smells good. I grow mint for tea and use a ton in the coop and pen to keep flies out & smelling fresh. I agree with everything else above, we use fine pine shavings but our pen is covered with a steel roof & stays really dry, sand is probably best for you. Do some research first, I've heard sand can be difficult when it stays wet.
     
  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    btw...fwiw
    I also feed fermented feed and I have zero fly problems.
     
  10. jbudin2000

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    What kind of sand? Fine playground, coarse, paving sand???? Where do you get it? Sand can become heavy and hard when wet, Florida summer is always wet.
     

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