Run smells

Discussion in 'Chick Raising Forum' started by ace313, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. ace313

    ace313 New Member

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    Any ideas for keeping the run area outside of my coop from getting smelly? Can I spread lime? Or will that hurt the birds or the eggs?
     
  2. Maryellen

    Maryellen Well-Known Member

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    We turn the dirt, scoop the poop, add fresh dirt and sand 2x a year and till in garden lime
     

  3. Maryellen

    Maryellen Well-Known Member

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    Mine free range except in rain and snow so they are always out so the run doesnt get that bad
     
  4. chickenqueen

    chickenqueen Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine free range because the pen would get wet and muddy so the chickens got wet and muddy.If I had thought about sand,I would have tried that.You could scoop poop like a litter box and water would drain.I've never used lime but I've been thinking about throwing lime in the "nursery".I had geese in it last and boy do they poop.I know you get agricultural lime,though.Maybe someone else will post about it and we both can learn.
     
  5. Steinwand

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    What does the lime do break down the poop?
     
  6. Steinwand

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    I use sand in the winter when the chickens are mainly locked in the run and I just rake out the poop
     
  7. chickenqueen

    chickenqueen Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm not sure but it causes it to bio-degrade faster than it would on it's own.
     
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  8. Maryellen

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    The lime just takes the smell away , we till it in the run and till new dirt so its all mixed up.
     
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  9. seminolewind

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    I just spread the lime on top and let the bird feet work it in. The only lime that burns is quick lime and is used to make cement. Lime is actually calcium (carbonate?)
     
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  10. Maryellen

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    We till it in with the new sand/soil only cause bill likes to use his tiller on everything lol.. me i just toss it on and would let the chickens mix it but he likes to use his gardening tools lol
     
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  11. mommyzhere

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    I use deep litter method in my henhouse, and if it gets a little stinky I sprinkle Manna Pro coop freshener down before I turn the bedding.
     
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  12. seminolewind

    seminolewind Super Mod Staff Member

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    I think sweet PDZ is good. I do use lime.
     
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  13. Maryellen

    Maryellen Well-Known Member

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    Garden lime works great in runs to remove smell and is safe to use.
     
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    I use sand in my run. I have an 8 inch wide rake that I use to scrape whatever isn't sand up. I use a piece of hardware cloth as a sieve to get the excess sand out of the way and just toss the bad stuff. Keeps the amount down quite a bit. I add sand as needed and keep it evenly distributed- the chickens kick it into piles in the corners.
     
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  15. dawg53

    dawg53 Well-Known Member

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    I use sand in my pens as well. Chickens dont mind.
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  16. Maryellen

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    This year im putting sand in instead of dirt.
     
  17. oldhen2345

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    Haven't tried Manna Pro. In the coop, I have linoleum over the wood floor- I think the wood will last longer if it is covered, just my OCD working overtime. I sprinkle StallDry on the bottom to absorb any liquid, then put in fresh shavings. Top that with healthy sprinkles of DE on the roosts and the shavings- also in the nesting boxes. Then, sprinkle Spruce the Coop- smells nice and I think the hens enjoy the dried flowers.
     
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  18. seminolewind

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    Manna Pro's coop fresh is overpriced PDZ essentially .
     
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  20. seminolewind

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    Spruce the coop? Do you buy it?