Will baking soda hurt my chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChicksR4Me, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. ChicksR4Me

    ChicksR4Me Songster

    Dec 1, 2008
    North East Indiana
    I've been cleaning out the coop today. The coop has a wooden floor and it is moist and smelly. I'm letting it air out and shut the birds outside for now. It's pretty smelly! Would it hurt to sprinkle some baking soda on the floor before putting new pine chips back in or is there something that would be better?
  2. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    Wouldn't hurt at all.
  3. ChicksR4Me

    ChicksR4Me Songster

    Dec 1, 2008
    North East Indiana
    Thank you so much!!
  4. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    you should look into getting some diatomaceous earth. mix it into everything your chickens touch- food, a little in there water a long with some electrolytes, in whatever kind of bedding you put in the bottom of your coop and just sprinkled over the run.

    what it does for the chickens, internally it helps to keep bad bacterias/worms/etc. from forming in their stomachs resulting in poo that is almost completely smell free and regular.

    for the coop it dries out any wetness there may be. having it out in their run lets them free choice when they feel they need some, also aiding in keeping things nice and clean.

    it's worked like magic for me. the only cause for concern would be to not dust/sprinkle the d.e. when the chickens are too close. breathing it in over long periods of time may lead to respiratory issues. that goes for you as well!
  5. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    Have you thought about lining the floor with a piece of linoleum? That's what I have in my coop, it makes it really easy to clean out. I got a piece for free on freecycle . I've seen them on craigslist too. Also Home Depot or Lowe's sells smaller pieces for @ $25. I use diatomaceous earth too with my litter on top of the linoleum. Having a poop shelf really cut down on the mess inside my coop too... I have that lined with linoleum also for easy cleaning.


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