Can anybody tell me how to keep the litter in the coop? Somehow it keeps disapearing. I mentioned it before that I had around 5-6 inches and then within two or three weeks I could see the wood floor. It's not getting kicked out of the coop so I'm thinking they are eating it? I just added another 3 inches of leaves that I got from my sister and I'm working on finding more. Also, unrelated, but my andalusian ate a downy feather. I'm worried about her getting a compacted crop or something.
DL, if it's any good, should always be diminishing over time. Just like when you put mulch on the garden and it seems to disappear. DL turns into soil/dust, depending on the moisture level. Just keep adding...but I'd go deeper than 3 in. I'd add 6-8 in. at a time, particularly if using leaves...they are dry and crumble down into nothing with all the tramping of the chickens.
Eating feathers is second nature to chickens...I wouldn't worry about it unless they are actively picking feathers off one another until they are balding...then it's an issue, possibly a dietary deficiency. Right now birds are in molt and it's not uncommon to see them picking stray feathers from one another and eating them...it won't cause a crop problem.