Run Area Smells Please Help!!!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by doueik, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. doueik

    doueik In the Brooder

    May 29, 2010
    Dearborn heights MI
    Im new to this chickens stuff i live in the city. have some chickens its been raining for a few days and its gonna rain more! te smell has become to the point were we almos cant go in are back yard. I dont have any feed stores nearby or anything. Is there anything can get from the homedepo or lows to make the smell go away!!!! HELP ME PLEASE!
  2. Kyfila

    Kyfila Songster

    Feb 22, 2009
    georgetown, ky
    Hey, Welcome to Chickens!
    You can rake out the run and try a different bedding material. I have found that the cleaner you keepit the better it smells.
    You can use lye on the ground but the chickens can't go back in for a few weeks the bag says to keep domestic animals off of it for a few weeks.
    They sell a kennel spray at most pet stores called Natures Miracle you could try it is a natural enzyme product I believe.
    The secret is to remove the droppings and make sure you don't have any standing water anywhere. Hope this helps!
    Kim in Ky.
  3. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    Lowes or Home Depot wont have what you need. Tractor Supply, a farmers co-op, some sort of farm supply store will have PDZ or Stall Dry in the horse section. It is for sprinkling on the ground to neutralize odors. I use 2-3 handfuls of PDZ every 4 or 5 days in my run and there is no smell. My girls free range during the day. Their run is 10x10 and I have 12 chickens. Rake out as much poop and wet bedding or whatever is in their run as you can, then sprinkle the PDZ around. May have to use more at first as you already have a smell issue.
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    After you get past this rain, you might want to think about putting sand in your run. It will drain better and reduce problems with smell. It's also easier to rake the poop out of.
  5. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    I use dolomite lime or sweet lime, It's perfectly safe, even ggood for them to eat and really helps with the smell. I put it out everytime I notice an odor.
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Unless you have serious overcrowding and sanitation problems, a smelly run is usually a DAMP run.

    See my 'fix a muddy run' page (link in .sig below) for a good multi-pronged way of tackling the problem.

    As a temporary fix you can buy a sack of Sweet PDZ or Stall-Dry or similar stable powder, from your feedstore, and scratch some of that into the run; but really it is better to fix the fundamental problem once and for all.

    Good luck, have fun,

  7. MrRushed

    MrRushed Songster

    Mar 6, 2010
    My run used to smell. Know when I mow my lawn I throw grass clippings in there every week, enough to cover the area.
    They scratch them in, eat them, the smell went away, and they love it.
    It worked for me.
  8. vickibiro

    vickibiro In the Brooder

    May 30, 2010
    LaGrange, Kentucky
    I like the grass clippings idea! I bet the girls will like it too.
  9. kickinchicken

    kickinchicken Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rhode Island
    First, COVER THAT RUN!!! If you are small on space, you need to have that run covered! Sweet PDZ will be your best friend.

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