by Backyard Homestead HQ
Chickens have a neutral smell and they are quite a clean animal.
Their poop, however, smells like ammonia.
Keep your coops, runs, and chickens dry by improving the drainage.
Chickens need access to dry dust in order to take a dust bath. They need to not walk in wet/manure on a regular basis.
Having a dust bath area will keep the chickens clean and free from parasites like mites.
Over-cleaning of a coop means you’ll need to clean it out at least once a week to stay on top of the smell.
Consider learning about deep litter methods to minimize cleaning by using natural composting to your benefit.
Fix the individual issues as they arise and are noticed. Be vigilant and proactive.
01 Evaluate your coop’s ventilation
02 Fix any drainage issues
03 Let them clean with a dust bath
04 Work through each system
If your chickens, coop, or run are stinky… there’s a problem. They shouldn’t be smelly. So go fix that stinky coop. Your neighbors will appreciate it – and so will your back.