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  1. kmdsparrow

    kmdsparrow Chirping

    May 10, 2010
    Is there a way to make the run smell better? Should I be cleaning it? Should I put down some kind of chips or shavings down that I can rake up and compost periodically? It's been rainy lately and quite smelly. I don't want my neighbors to be bothered by the smell and in my world the neighbors are very close.
  2. Settin'_Pretty

    Settin'_Pretty Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    North Georgia
    sawdust 4 inches thick
    cover it so it doesn't get wet when it rains.
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    I use agricultural lime and Sweet PDZ when we get quite a bit of rain and my run gets a bit smelly.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2010
  4. nvmycj

    nvmycj In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2010
    whats Sweet PDZ?
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Runs smell either because they have too much poo or are too damp, or (usually) both.

    To address dampness, see the 'fix a muddy run' page linked in my .sig below (even if yours is not *muddy*, the same fixes apply, and will greatly help with stink)

    Organic matter in the run (such as mulch, shavings, etc) can be a problem if it is allowed to stay there long enough to get damp and poo-saturated, although if you change it frequently or live in a very dry climate it can work ok. Sand is a bit 'safer'.

    To whatever extent you can clean the run, of course that will help too.

    And, not instead of but IN ADDITION TO all the above (especially you really should try to keep the run as dry as possible), you can till in some garden lime (not quicklime) into the top few inches of the soil, that is usually cheaper than stall powders and works about as well.

    Good luck, have fun,


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