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23

We recently detected an odd smell coming from our chicken coop.

We hadn't cleaned the coop in about 2 weeks so it was due but even once I'd cleaned it out the smell was still kinda there.

I was wondering whether the heat had someting to do with it?  Do chickens smell in summer or only until they have molted?

Might there be other factors at play here?

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By Sarah
10/25/2011 8:43:46 PM

Chickens, if left to their own devices, will be smelly and dirty.  It takes a bit of effort on the owners behalf to ensure that they do not smell.

Chickens use dust baths to clean themselves.  They will scratch around in the soil until they reach some dust, then they will role around in it, shake themselves off and they actually get uop quite clean.

The problem begins when they are forced to live in manure.  If you don't clean the coop then they will smell, especially on warmer days.  You need to keep the manure cleaned up so that they are not walking in it all the time.

It's up to you how you keep the coop clean but replacing the straw/saw dust at the bottom of the coop is a good idea.

You should also keep the water clean as well as the food tray and these should be properley cleaned at least once a month to get rid of any bacteria.

By Andrew in Perth
10/25/2011 8:46:59 PM

This is a really good link and it backs up what @Sarah said.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6870407_do-smell-better-not-stink_.html

By Jane in Wollongong
11/6/2011 8:12:29 PM

We used to leave kitchen scraps near their cage but noticed that when the ground was muddy that the area really stank.

Sop we moved where we leave the scraps to an area that remains dry and then made sure to clear away the uneaten scraps daily.

This really helped us.

By Robert
11/7/2011 2:23:24 AM

We sometimes sprinkle lime over the floor of our cage as it helps rot down any uneaten material that we have missed.  Also, I dilute white king and water and spray the nesting boxes (once cleaned out of straw) and just below their perch.  It is good to kill the lice as my kids go into the cage to collect eggs and I hate thinking of all those lice. 

By Robert
11/7/2011 2:23:25 AM

We sometimes sprinkle lime over the floor of our cage as it helps rot down any uneaten material that we have missed.  Also, I dilute white king and water and spray the nesting boxes (once cleaned out of straw) and just below their perch.  It is good to kill the lice as my kids go into the cage to collect eggs and I hate thinking of all those lice. 

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