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Will Hydrated Lime be OK to use to help control smell??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by coolchange, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. coolchange

    coolchange Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2007
    I have a 10x20 chicken run and it seem to be smeeling. I have cleaned it but within a couple days it smells again mostly in the afternoon. I was told to use Hydrated lime just to throw it all over the ground and it will help with the smell. I boiught a bag today and was reading the warning label abount not to get it in your eyes etc. and it concerned me. Is this stuff safe to use with my chickens? Or is there someting that would be better? Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!!
  2. Sharona

    Sharona Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2007
    Someone else needs to help here. I know there are two kinds of lime - one is safe for animals and the other can cause burning. I found this out the hard way and have never used lime again out of fear that I'd mix them up again. [​IMG]
  3. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Hi, you'll need to get garden lime, the kind you mentioned will burn your birds feet from what I remember. [​IMG] I use garden lime from Wal Mart.
    Make sure you mix it in the soil good.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2007
  4. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2007
    How many chickens do you have in that run? Mine is a bit smaller, 12 x 8, and I'm wondering if it might be a problem I'll have to deal with at some point. I only have 5 Doms.
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, the garden lime ( calcium carbonite ) is the correct lime to use, it won't burn the birds feet, it is simply crushed limestone. If they eat some that is ok also.

  6. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2007
    I have a dog kennel which is 130' long and have used garden lime for years to control the kennel smell. It does a great job, is safe for the dogs and will also kill certain types of parasite eggs. I never even thought of using it in my chicken yards! [​IMG]
  7. coolchange

    coolchange Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2007
    wolfpacker I have 13 pellets in the run.

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