Using Baking Soda in the run

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JimWWhite, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Has anyone used Baking Soda in their run to keep down the smell, etc? I'm wondering if a big box of A & H baking soda would work to keep down the smell. BS is cheap for a big 12lb bag for less than $7 and it is food grade. I don't know what effect it may have on chickens though. A large bag should be enough to sprinkle pretty liberally all over a run like mine which is 22'x18' and then work it in with a hoe. If its OK to use it probably would be as cheap as DE and easier to find. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Lots of salt in baking soda; they pick at the ground and eat dirt while picking up grit, so they may consume too much sodium, would be my thought. Agricultural lime tilled in would help lots (hydrated lime will burn if not rained/watered in, though).
  3. obxWaMi

    obxWaMi Songster

    Personally, I would be afraid to use baking soda in my run. First of all it's antacid and secondly, it is high in sodium. I use it in our cat litter box and it doesn't work very well, so I can't imagine that it would work well on chicken poop smell all that well either. I was reading another post concerning smell and someone mentioned Stall Dry as a remedy. They said they got it at TS. I plan to ask about it when I go to the feed store next week.
  4. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    I have not found anything that works great in the run if it gets wet. I have tried ag. lime, sweetpdz and other attempts. The only thing that works for me is lots of sand for drainage. It is on the side of a hill but still gets terribly smelly sometimes. Has anyone got anymore ideas on getting the odor gone!!! It is a 12 by 48' run.
    I would not use baking soda. It can change the alkalinaty of the blood if they get to much and make them very sick. Gloria Jean
  5. daddysgirlz

    daddysgirlz In the Brooder

    May 15, 2010
    M, WI
    I think you should opinion is this...correct me if I am wrong but, birds cannot burp....If you through up an alkaselzer to a seagull they will...ummm...explode! I would be concerned of the same sort of thing happening if the chickens eat it. ???
  6. Bawk Vader

    Bawk Vader In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2010
    Belleview, FL (Central)
    Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is the best thing I've found for the smell and for flies.
  7. coldinnh

    coldinnh Songster

    May 13, 2010
    how does the DE keep odors down? The flies I get- lacerates and kills them...but odors?[​IMG]
  8. churchx3

    churchx3 Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    DE is what I use and it is working fine. I have a sand coop and run and I sprinkle DE in both usually once a week. A bag of DE goes a LONG way...I bought a bag 2+ months ago and still have not made a dent in has the consistency of flour so a little goes a long way!
  9. harewizard

    harewizard Songster

    Apr 5, 2009
    Quote:x2! [​IMG]
  10. harewizard

    harewizard Songster

    Apr 5, 2009
    Quote:It is a drying agent. It dries up the poop, thus keeping odor down. You will not notice a change if you apply after a heavy rain, and for the first time. Get a system down before the rains. Maybe 1x per week sprinkle a small amount in your run. Then when it does rain, the smell is must less significant! [​IMG]

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