8 Years
Aug 27, 2011
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 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.....


10 Years
Apr 9, 2010
Glasgow, KY

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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8 Years
Jun 28, 2011

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.


8 Years
Jun 21, 2011
Waldo County, Maine
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?


8 Years
Jul 19, 2011
western KY
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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