smell??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by buckinnuts, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. buckinnuts

    buckinnuts Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been cleaning my coop around 2-3 times aweek and It still smells. any ideas?
    Itried spaying a bleach water solution and letting it dry helped a little.
    also on the ground can I use lime on the dirt or not a good idea
    I was using straw but got ridd of that then pine chips
    Just trying to find an answer
    thanks
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How big is the coop? How many chickens are in the the hen house? I would think you don't have enough ventilation. air flow keeps the smells down and the bedding dry.

    My hen house gets cleaned out once a year. We did it last week and really there wasn't any smell even then. We just felt like once a year at least was required. I use a deep liter method and go in once a week and stir up the bedding and sometimes add a fresh layer.

    Have you tried buying FOOD Grade DE and dusting everything well?

    As for the outside run - if you spread lime you need to till it under well. Your chickens will go nuts if you turn over the run soil as there should be some good worms and bugs under there for their dining pleasure.

    Keep it dry and the smell will not be as noticable.
     
  3. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
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    Quote:Exactly what are you using ? Our coop and run are almost complete to move the chickens and chicks . Hopefully next week . having a hard time with flies around and under the cages right now . We dust heavy with lime that helps some , but its an everyday thing . please explain how you mange it all once a year ?

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    can it hurt the chickens if they eat this lime if its spread thru out the run and coop ?
     
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  4. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. buckinnuts

    buckinnuts Out Of The Brooder

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    flies out the whazzou
    can't seem to get rid of them either
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The DE will help with the flies. Keep every thing dry and the flies won't be as bad either.
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    If you're having trouble with the coop smelling, it's also possible that you aren't using enough litter in the coop.

    We use those nice stinky fly traps that you add water to in the summer, as there are barns and livestock around here. Works for us, but don't put them right on the patio. [​IMG]
     

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