Our N.E. Texas town has received alot of rain lately (thankfully as we have had drought conditions in the past few years) However...our chicken run is mushy and wet and VERY stinky!! We have clay soil...so poor drainage. We also have been putting pine shavings with our "girls" since they were chicks (they are now about 2 months old) I read on here that hydrated lime can help "sweeten" the situation but how much are we supposed to use? We sprinkled it about to where it was dusted white-ish...you know...a light dusting. The smell is some-what tolerable and I can certainly deal with that...my concern is ...is it dangerous to our chicks? Can that concentration of waste matter have ill affects on our birds? I thought we might shovel out down to the clay dirt and start over...perhaps NOT use the pine shavings this time? Also pray for some sunshine Thanks so very much!! This forum has been invaluable to us as we are only 2 months into chicken-dom. BTW I am the mother of Sunni...I thought I should mention this as Sunni wouldn't want anyone to think she would write in this manner..haha!!