What can I do to make my brooder not smell so bad.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RW19290, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. RW19290

    RW19290 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My brooder smells horrible. I don't want to change the whole thing every day. Is there something I can do to make it smell better? It has perfumed the downstairs of our house with an awful pee smell.
     
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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Are they getting water in the litter? That is one good way to stink the place up. Products to keep litter dry may help out, such as DE. If it's due to water getting into the bedding, try raising the water up on a brick.
     
  3. RW19290

    RW19290 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No it isn't. they're brooder is quite dry.
     
  4. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    25 is quite a lot of chicks (and chick poo)... I'd bite the bullet and change litter daily.

    How old are they?
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    What is your brooder setup? I find my guinea pig cage brooders
    smell a lot less than when I use the big plastic bins.

    I do sprinkle in a little Stall Dry or SweetPDZ to help with smell too.

    How many chicks are in there? The more chicks, the less chance of
    drying out the poop has and wet poop stinks.
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    25 eh... how long do you plan on having them inside? I keep 25 in a 4x8 foot tractor/brooder from week 1-6 before dividing them up. With that large number, they will get stinky and grow FAST!
     
  7. aiwetir

    aiwetir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol i had 4 and had to hose out the whole thing every day past a few weeks.
     
  8. RW19290

    RW19290 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, as soon as they're all feathered out. Coldness is not a problem in Southern California. Here we still get 82-95 F.
     
  9. RW19290

    RW19290 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. RW19290

    RW19290 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They're 6 days old.
     

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