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Originally Posted by pauleberly View Post

Thanks for all the information!! One thing I'm worried about
Deep litter method has to be dry? Where the run is It will be able to be rained on since it's under my deck. Now knowing that, what is my best solution?

There was recently a thread about this, people seem to use the terms 'deep bedding' and 'deep litter' as well as other terms universally...

There are two distinctly different practices...

In one people use a deep layer lot of 'dry' matter that dries out the poop and mechanically breaks down over time, this must be kept dry as there is no biological break down...

Others use a deep layer of organic materials that are not kept 'dry' this allow the littler to become a cool compost pile, where the organisms break down the poop biologically...

For an outside run you are going to want to aim towards the one that biologically breaks down since you can't keep it dry, but at the same type you don't want it to stay wet, it's a balance act...

Also both methods will require the bedding to be fluffed, mixed and what not, usually chickens will do this for you but sometimes you will have to pick up when they slack off...

What you don't want in either case is for it to 'cake' up, it should never look like or be a layer of compacted poop, it should look like compost or litter...

This is what it looks like in my coop, this litter is over a year old, I have only added more organic matter never cleaned it out... It doesn't stink when working properly and in my case it is actually composting and generating heat...

post #22 of 24
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I have been reading up a lot of sand. An article I read they used washed construction sand. Here is the article

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/09/chicken-coop-bedding-sand-litter.html?m=1

Otherwise I will probably aim for the method listed above
post #23 of 24
Some people like sand others don't, a lot of that will depend on your climate and how well the area drains...
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by pauleberly View Post

I have been reading up a lot of sand. An article I read they used washed construction sand. Here is the article

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/09/chicken-coop-bedding-sand-litter.html?m=1

Otherwise I will probably aim for the method listed above
 

 

I like sand/PDZ mix for brooder bedding and poop boards in coop......no where else tho.

 

This shows how I do my poop boards and the sand I use.  


Edited by aart - 3/31/16 at 5:26pm

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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