Stinky Bedding

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JacobMaxwell, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ever since yesterday the hen house has had a stench. The shavings look very fresh and I'm using the deep litter method. I stir the bedding daily and usually find almost no pooh. The current shavings are about 5" deep and haven't even been in for two weeks. Any ideas are appreciated.
     
  2. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read recently that starting fresh bedding in the winter isn't a good idea because it can't heat up sufficiently to begin the composting process.

    Another thought, has it rained recently? When mine gets wet I have to stir it a lot to dry it. It smells like ammonia until I do.
     
  3. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many chickens, and how big is the space they are in? If that is fine, not over crowded, then it sounds like you need more fresh air/ventilation.
    Jack
     
  4. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are six hens in a 4X9 chicken tractor with a 4X4 run. They have lots of ventilation unless I have to close them in due to bad weather. They have been closed in for a while now, so I guess I'll open another vent.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You're pushing it on space, less than ten feet per bird total. If it stinks, you need to open things up! Those birds need fresh air a lot more than they need to be warm.
     
  6. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always let them into the run every day and usually give them the option to free range, but lately they just stay in the coop when I open it up. They seem to hate the snow.
     

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