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Chicken Poop: Six 4 pound chickens will excrement 1.76 cubic inches of poop a week Source

One 75 pound German Shepherd will excrement approximately 1 cubic inch per bowel movement.

Chicken Noise: A hens “vocalizations” reach 63 decibels. That’s about the same as a human conversation. A barking dog can hit 100 decibels. Noise references for your consideration
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Chicken Cities:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Seattle, WA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Austin, TX
  • Memphis, TN
  • Victoria, BC
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Surrey, BC

Chicken Odor Control: Diatomite Earth is a food grade fossil flour that can be spread across your chickens litter. It will dry the manure, discouraging odor. Source

Keeping your coop dry and well ventilated are key contributing factors in maintaining a minimal smell for your chickens home. Chicken feces and urine produce a by-product called Ammonia. When ammonia mixes with water on the ground or in the air’s humidity, it releases that “chicken smell” people have a disdain for. Ammonia fumes are lighter than air, so it’s a good idea to have a ventilation shaft on the top of the coop to allow the ammonia to escape (rather than accumulate in the building, condensing the scent).

There are two methods to keep a dry pen & coop: One is called a “deep litter” method, where the farmer starts with a 3″ thick layer of straw of pine shavings (avoid cedar, the oils cause skin irritation for the chickens). Every week, the farmer turns the pile, and add’s another inch of straw/pine. The straw and manure work together, creating an organic, mineral rich compost for your garden.

The other method is to keep a thin layer of straw/shavings in the coop, a tray or bucket under the birds roosts, and clean the floor each week. The straw and manure can still be used in your typical outdoor composter.