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Managing poop (particularly in winter)

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Here is our current set-up:
Coop: top level, with roosting bars, nesting boxes, feeders, and straw.
Lower lever: dirt/sand, waterer, grit, oyster shells and a swing.

Chickens have open access to a pasture with a mobile electric fence.

In winter, they mainly stay in the building, maybe venturing a 7 foot radius out in snow.

Two problems, as snow melts, we have nasty mud with a a whole winter's worth of poop that had frozen solid.

2) the sand/dirt bottom has collected a lot of fallen straw/poop/dripped and frozen water

When it thaws I have the joy of digging all of that up. It's a matted smelly mess. Sand can't go in the compost pile. It's also the grossest thing I have ever done.
How do y'all handle winter coop management? My deep litter works fine I. The roosting area.
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Do deep litter in the run area too.....and anywhere they roam that is plain dirt/poop/wet. As the snow melts, keep adding deep litter type materials.


Edited by aart - 5/28/16 at 11:42am

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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