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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mylittleladies, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Mylittleladies

    Mylittleladies New Egg

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    Hello out there...this rookie needs some help! I just got my coop and my 5 ladies about a week ago (They're adopted!) Anyway, we have a tractor type coop 6 x 6 and about a 12 x 6 run for the girls....the move was tramatic, but as I've read if you have happy chickens they will produce! It took a couple of days of no eggs, then one egg....now I'm getting 5 for 5! Yeah! I have pine shaving bedding in their coop and under their perches, they have four nesting boxes 3 of which they poop in... and 1 where they actually lay eggs! It's the run I am beginning to wonder about, its taken them some time, but I can see that very soon there will be just dirt under their sweet little feet. I'm a clean freak and don't want friends that come visit to be put off by a poopy smelling coop or run. I clean the coop and change the bedding two times a week, but what can I do to keep the dirt from getting stinky? Any good advise would be gratly appreciated!.....I will have photos to post soon! Thanks in advance.....
     
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a stinky run, you will have to keep it drier.

    If you've got a dirt run, get a metal rake and rake the poop into the dirt to help keep it dry.

    I have a lot of acreage that gets mowed, so I'm always dumping a lot of grass clippings inside my run.

    I let my chickens out to free range during the day, but before I get up in the morning (8AM), they're all stuck inside the run.


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  3. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

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  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    My experience is that the run only smells when it rains and then it pongs! Take a rake now and then, rake up everything, or sweep it up with a yard broom, and dump it on your compost heap.
     
  5. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

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  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Great advice. [​IMG]
     
  9. ScottyHOMEy

    ScottyHOMEy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ummmmm . . . if it's a tractor with five chickens in it, move it every day or two. The moving is the difference between a tractor and a coop. Or am I missing something?
     
  10. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a bale of hay in my run and spread it around and left the remaining "lump" for lack of a better word, and the chickens kick it around and scratch etc. It dries out quickly and they like playing on it and picking at it. This is a large, round bale so I don't have to do it but once a year. I fork it into the coop as well so it's handy when using the deep liter method.
     

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