1. bamagirl68

    bamagirl68 Songster

    Sep 3, 2007
    central alabama
    What do you do to keep the smell away??? Rained here for what seemed like forever. Now it's hot and my yard stinks! Help!
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    When my barn gets stinky, I use Stable Boy. It;s for horse stalls. (I have horses too), but I just sprinkle some around and it seems to work. One bag will last me all summer with the chickens and horses.
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I was just out there throwing out DE all over the run and coop to kill smell & flies Don't you just love summer!
  4. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    do you have wood shavings in the outdoor run?
    that could make it stink because it should only be in the dry indoor part.
    When wood shavings get wet they smell like pig slop
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2009
  5. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    We had that problem when it first got nice. DH tilled up the run and it made a huge difference. Plus it gave the girls fresh soil to investigate! They found all kinds of fun bugs to eat.
  6. Oakeyacres

    Oakeyacres In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2009
    Santa Rosa, Ca.
    Mine stunk worse than a pig pen. Covered it with a recycled tin roof. No longer a problem.
  7. aleebama

    aleebama In the Brooder

    Jan 15, 2012
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    My run is stinky right now from the past week of rain. I'm also tired of the "footprints" ony eggs. Would a layer of fresh hay help or make it worse?
  8. FenikT

    FenikT Chirping

    Dec 5, 2012
    Have you considered powdered lime? Some say only agricultural lime is safe around chickens. Others say hydrated lime is not harmful per se as long as its worked into the soil to a degree.
  9. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Crowing

    Apr 21, 2012
    North Texas
    We had two days of serious rainfall this past week. Our run has sand/dirt. After a few hours of rain, we threw a bale of coastal hay into the run and raked it around. -helped keep the chickens' feet from being muddy, and helped keep the water from pooling in places. Today, it was 70 degrees and sunny. I raked out all of the hay and disposed of it. (don't want a haven for bugs, rodents, nor the smell of wet grass. -no smell at all for several days. -worked well. -smell started after it began to warm up.) The hay was great as a temporary fix to a muddy run. -will be covering with a roof in the near future!
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2013
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  10. kdwag

    kdwag Chirping

    Jul 14, 2012
    Northwest Ohio
    I was just out in my run cleaning up some straw that I had put down when we got our last snow, then it melted, now it's 60 and has rained the past 2 days. I was just trying to think of an alternative to straw, so now I know, no on pine shavings. I hate a muddy run and despite that fact that we do have a really nice roof over it, it still gets wet and yukky. So......I have a feeling it's back to straw and removing it when it gets too wet and smelly.

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