We use the deep litter method and love it. Because our coop has a raised (waist-high) henhouse that opens into the run for cleaning, we just brush out any soiled bedding from the henhouse straight into the run. There's no need for a bucket or box to collect/transfer it.
Deep Litter Coop Cleanout - Page 2
I have just started using this method in August. I started with 2 huge bags of shavings and then 2 bales of straw on top. Every week I go in there with the rake and move the bedding around, fluff it and stuff. there is still no smell what so ever. this week I added another bale of straw. and I will continue doing this every other week until I reach the desire depth. We get real cold winters here so i want to make sure they stay warm too. Under all the bedding we have a type of cloth my DH got from his construction company meant to allow moisture to pass through but not back up, not sure how it works but its great and come spring all we have to do is pick up the cloth and drag the whole thing to be emptied int he compost. If its too heavy we got wheel barrows :-)
Edited by ehelms81 - 10/3/15 at 12:12pm