Originally Posted by RonP
You make the assumption "deep bedding" refers to pine.
I made no such assumption your quoted definition in your previous post (the one that I replied to) was quite specific that it was a "deep layer of pine shavings"...
We use DEEP BEDDING in our coop (with a poopboard). It's a deep layer of pine shavings."
I believe the term is used synonymously throughout this list and in many threads, for any bedding material used to dry the manure thus averting the harmful ammonia.
I would call that the 'built-up litter' method (as many industry sites call it) to avoid confusion with a composting type litter management program...
I also looked at your picture of your "deep litter".
You say it is composting.
It looks to be the same color as my spent "deep bedding" consisting of pine and dried manure.
I continuously add shavings to my deep bedding as they break down, but make no mistake about it, there is no heat, but a lot of dust.
My litter is in fact composting and warm to the touch, this is especially evident during the winter if you push your hand into it it's clearly warm and generating heat, and it's not dusty at all (nothing like pine shavings in by brooder boxes or what not, that is a pure dust machine) as it contains just enough moisture to prevent airborne dust, when I turn it with a pitch fork manually there is minimal to no dust tossed up, it's simply not dusty but slightly moist...
And for verification that it is in fact 'composting' and generating heat here is the current temps, the litter as you can see is about +10° over the inside air temp, while it's 28° outside...
And here is the moisture reading of my deep litter, appears to be dead on about 25% right now...Edited by MeepBeep - 3/2/16 at 5:14pm