Odor Control for dirt run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sillycmoy, May 29, 2013.

  1. sillycmoy

    sillycmoy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2013
    Utah~Utah County
    Put a fan in the run? I'm not having issues with the coop, it was the wet dirt in the run area. Its going to be about 70 today, so it should be drying out.
  2. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    My Coop
    It's 94 degrees here and I have a fan at the end of my run to move the air through. I'm sure it depends on the size/location of the run as to if a fan is practical to use.
  3. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011
    do you feed them in the run,when spillage of chicken feed gets wet it really stinks.thats when i notice my runs have a really bad smell.
  4. sillycmoy

    sillycmoy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2013
    Utah~Utah County
    They have a hanging feeder and a hanging nipple water bucket in there, but there really isn't much of any food on the ground, I'm actually really surprised that they aren't more messy with the food. But the food is under the coop, and that's the only area that is still really dry.
  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    As to lime, there are different kinds, some are super caustic.

    From this web page,


    Quicklime (calcium oxide) is a white solid having a crystalline structure. Quicklime is highly reactive with water, generating considerable heat in the hydration process. It can be bought at masonry supply stores. CAUTION: HIGHLY CAUSTIC

    Hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) is a dry powder obtained by treating quicklime with sufficient water to satisfy its chemical affinity for water, thereby converting the oxides to hydroxides. It can be bought at garden centers. CAUTION: CAUSTIC

    Garden lime is calcium carbonate. It is usually manufactured by grinding marble stone to a fine dust. The dust can be bagged as such or it can be pelletized to make it easier to go through a spreader.

    Dolomitic lime is garden lime that contains a small percentage of magnesium carbonate. Most garden lime sold in Georgia is dolomitic lime.
  6. c2chicks

    c2chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a 400-500 sq ft run filled with sand. It's uncovered, so it gets plenty wet (and snowy) here in Ohio. I love the sand. It drains really well, you can scoop up the poops with a kitty litter scoop (if you want ;), and there's no smell. To keep it "smell free", I use a couple cups of Sweet PDZ (horse stall refresher) sprinkled around about 1x/week. I don't bother if it's really dry or cold, but when it's warm and humid--the smell is gone! Our run backs up to our kitchen and bedroom....NO smell !! There are plenty of threads here about the wonders of sand..also: Sweet PDZ, you can do a search here on that to read more about it's safety and usefulness.
  7. sillycmoy

    sillycmoy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2013
    Utah~Utah County
    Do use some Sweet PDZ in the coop, maybe I will through some out in the run too.

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  8. Chicks4fun2

    Chicks4fun2 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2014
    Pacific NW
    I'm having this problem this winter season it has been just soooo wet! (the wettest season on record) so what is this oxine? are there any heath issues with the stall deodorizer? I've seen it at the feed store and have been tempted to use it....
  9. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    The only possible problem with the stall deodorizer would be dust... Wear a mask when pouring it out, and of course, once it hits the water, dust will no longer be an issue. ;)
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Deep litter bedding after making sure the water is drained will solve this problem.

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