Odor question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Unbridled, May 22, 2007.

  1. Unbridled

    Unbridled In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2007
    Moses Lake, WA

    I was wondering what everyone uses to deoderize there coops and runs. I need something I can use with out harming the chickens.
  2. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    We use pine shavings, (smaller than wood chips but larger than saw dust) it absorbs the moisture and prevents droopings from sticking to the floor and to top it off it even has a light pine scent. We shovel it out every week or so when the coop does begin to smell. A local saw mill gives it to us free.
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    If you are looking for something to clean with try orange oil based cleaners. Many non toxic ones out there. It also has the added advantage of killing off mite eggs that have been laid in the perches and crevices of the nest boxes.
  4. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    I'm starting to give my girls garlic powder in their diet. It helps cut down the odor of the poop.
  5. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    I use DE. I dust it all over the coop floor and dust bowl. I've noticed a huge difference since I started using it. NO ODOR! Plus the flies are kept at such a minimum I rarely see one. I love that stuff! I"m so glad I got turned onto it through this forum. It's the best stuff since white bread.
    Last edited: May 23, 2007
  6. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    I use pine shavings, DE and Sweet PDZ.
  7. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    I just got some DE. What is the best way to dust it around?
  8. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Wear a mask or just cover you nose and mouth with your sleeve(which is what I do) I just grab a handful and fling. Some on the ground, some on the birds, a bit in the feed, some over in the coop. When I'm done, I wipe my hands off on the dog, lol.
  9. DixieByrdRN

    DixieByrdRN In the Brooder

    Where can I find the stuff? I have looked at 2 different Tractor Supply's and havn't found it. They seem to only have feeders, water-ers (is that a word? haha) and feed. Oh yeah, oyster shells. I haven't found any grit either. what to do what to do....
  10. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    cookinmom...Okay, here is an old countrygirl method of using DE as a dust.
    1 coffee can(big one is best)remove lid
    take a good size nail and hammer and punch holes in the bottom of the can, at least 20-25 holes if using a 10 penny nail. The bigger the whole the more dust you will apply.
    secure a handle(i use a tobacco stick) with nails to the inside of the can
    fill with DE and shake can up and down close to surface you are dusting
    You can also make a lid out of the plastic lid that comes with the coffee. just cut a hole in it big enough to slide down the handle. make sure your cut is on the side of the plastic lid so it will fit snuggly. it also helps on cutting down on what you inhale.

    I buy my DE online at countrysidenaturalproducts.com
    most recent price was 25.00 for 50lbs. shipping it here to TN was @18.00. this was a great deal in my opinion. Make sure you get FOOD GRADE DE, ONLY!!!!!!

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