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smells?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by spoolin, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. spoolin

    spoolin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is there anything you can do to get the smell of chicken away? i got used to it, but my family and friends say it stinks. and yes i do clean up the crap...
     
  2. Dandy Acres

    Dandy Acres Out Of The Brooder

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    Right now my babies don't smell, but I would be interested to see if anybody else has a real answer.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Fewer chickens (or same number but in a larger area) helps.

    Smell is largely related to dampness. The drier the coop and run, the faster the poo gets crispy/dusty and stops smelling.

    A droppings board under the roost, cleaned first thing every morning with the poo disposed of elsewhere, will help a fair bit.

    (e.t.a. - you can add stall powders (Sweet PDZ, etc etc) which will help to some extent, especially indoors, but will not solve a fundamental problem).

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  4. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen this air freshener at TSC. It's livestock safe. IDK?? It might work, but i have never used it before. [​IMG]
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I use FOOD GRADE DE or Stall Dry. Maybe I'm just used to the smell but I don't notice it and no one who goes around my birds have mentioned anything. As long as you keep the dampness out less stink, and good ventilation.
     
  6. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

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    I agree with the above. Keeping dampness to a minimum really cuts down on smell.
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Is it the run or the coop that you are having the problem with? Or both? Sand in the run and enough wood shavings in the coop help a lot. What are you using now?
     
  8. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think keeping everything clean and dry as much as you can really helps with the smell. I rake out my straw/hay once a week. Keep them in larger areas, things like that help cut down but face it...a chicken is gonna smell like a chicken [​IMG]
     
  9. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a lot of people swear by the food grade DE. mine don't stink yet, but they're outside almost all the time.
     

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