Run litter and maintainence Help! I have stinky sand!

phicri72

In the Brooder
8 Years
So, I had the great idea to put pavers under the coop and cover them with a nice layer of sand. The attached covered run has just dirt. So, far I have noticed that the sand area is a bit smellier than the rest of the run. How do I go about cleaning it/maintaining it? I guess I didn't think this part through. If it was in the open, rain would wash the poo away and leave me with cleanish sand, but since it's under the coop, that's not going to happen. I really don't want to have to crawl under there and pull out 4x6 worth of pavers, but may end up having to do that if the smell gets worse. Any ideas for a better alternative for litter under there?
 

mnferalkitty

Songster
7 Years
May 17, 2012
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I think it is because it is not drying out enough and stay moist. How high is the coop that is above the sand and pavers? Is there anyway you can get a rake of sorts under the coop to stir things up a bit?
 

joan1708

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May 14, 2011
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Ditto on the poop board idea. If you have a small coop and not many chickens you could scoop most of the poop up in the am when you let them out or check on them. Also get some PDZ - it will cut down on the smell.
 

jwatts

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8 Years
Apr 16, 2011
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Ditto on the poop board idea. If you have a small coop and not many chickens you could scoop most of the   poop up in the am when you let them out or check on them. Also get some PDZ - it will cut down on the smell.
. Sorry, what's PDZ??
 

canesisters

Songster
8 Years
Aug 18, 2011
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There is a long thread about using PDZ in coops - called something like "poop board convert".
People RAVE about how wonderful it is.
 

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