Fresh Smelling Backyard Chickens: Tips & Tricks
By Tom Seest
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As the world moves toward self-sufficiency, more people are choosing to keep backyard flocks. These adorable little creatures can provide nutritious eggs and follow their owners everywhere. But they can also be a bother to the neighbors, especially if they leave a foul odor in the coop. To help reduce the smell, keep reading for a few tips on keeping backyard chickens.
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When you own backyard poultry, you may be concerned about odor, disease, and pests. A good way to prevent this is to keep the coop clean and dry. Keeping the bedding clean and dry can also help prevent rodent problems and keep flies at bay. A well-managed flock will also reduce the number of rodents in the area. There are also some common concerns that town governments have about backyard poultry, such as the smell and noise that the animals create.
When keeping backyard flocks, it is important to remember that they can be picky eaters. While they will happily eat your greens and kitchen scraps, they will shy away from turnip chunks and citrus. You may be surprised to learn that chickens have an instinctual sense of which foods taste good when they take a break from their dry feed.
A stinky coop can be the result of many things. For starters, chicken droppings can be a major source of ammonia, a foul-smelling gas. It can also result from the presence of pests, such as flies. Fortunately, there are predator wasps that can help control the problem. Also, the bedding you use can affect how your coop smells. Hay and straw both trap moisture and allow bacteria to grow.
The primary cause of a stinky coop is a high level of ammonia. Not only does this smell disgusting to humans, but it can have a negative impact on your chicken’s health. The smell can be unpleasant for only a short period of time, but chickens breathe in it constantly. Since they live so close to the ground, they are constantly exposed to it.
A dirty coop can also harbor harmful bacteria and diseases that can affect your flock. This means you should clean your coop frequently to keep your flock healthy and free of illness. Cleaning your coop regularly is essential to prevent any odors from coming back. You can also spray your chicken coop with a deodorizer to neutralize the odors.
Another common cause of a stinky coop for backyard poultry is ammonia. This gas is a naturally occurring by-product of poultry manure. Ammonia is extremely strong and can cause respiratory problems. It is best to eliminate ammonia from your coop as much as possible.
The litter of your chickens’ coop should be raked on a regular basis to promote proper airflow and prevent moisture buildup. Turning the litter is also essential for eliminating odors. In addition, scattering clean, crumbled chicken scratch will help aerate the litter and eliminate the smell. You should also make sure that your chickens scratch the litter. If they do not scratch in some areas, it is best to remove six inches of the litter to start the decomposition process.
You’ve probably noticed that a backyard chicken coop smells. This isn’t surprising since other animals will also emit foul odors in your yard. Dogs and cats often answer nature’s call on your lawn, while chickens urinate within the confines of their coop. This is because chicken droppings are smaller and contain less solid waste. By contrast, a forty-pound dog produces more solid waste and two-thirds the number of feces that ten chickens do.
Backyard chickens produce food that’s free of antibiotics. Studies have shown that factory farming practices are at least partly responsible for the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Therefore, backyard chickens are an excellent choice for those looking for a healthier lifestyle. Backyard chickens are also a great way to help your family live a more organic lifestyle.
Backyard chickens are also great for the environment. They produce far less manure than factory farms and have a smaller footprint. The manure produced by backyard chickens is also a great source of organic fertilizer. Backyard chickens also eat bugs, so they are also helpful in controlling pests in your yard. Backyard chickens also provide free-range eggs and meat, which are fresh and nutritious.
While chickens don’t have a strong sense of smell or taste, they are often very picky eaters. They’ll happily eat kitchen scraps and greens but shun citrus and turnip chunks. This demonstrates that they instinctively know what’s tasty and which isn’t.
Be sure to read our other related stories at BackyardChickenNews to learn more about raising chickens in your backyard.