Ok, I've been reading up and am totally confused at this point. Some places say using hydrated lime as whitewash in the chicken coop and stirred into the bedding in the yard is perfectly fine and will help with the smell as well as bugs and flys. Other places say never ever use hydrated lime around chickens. So, anyone with experience I would appreciate some insight please?!? It seems bizarre to me that we eat hydrated lime in pickles and tortillas and it's used to clean our water but it's supposedly dangerous to use around animals. All we want to do is whitewash the floor and walls of our new coop to help keep water out of the wood, to cut down on smell, and to help eliminate bugs.