I recently heard about this method on a YouTube video and decided to try it for the winter. I love the idea of not having to clean out often and it is amazing how little smell there is. It was also suggested to throw a little scratch in so the chickens will break up the poop a little, also.
This is such great information on how to do this and how it worked for you. Thank you.
This is a good article, that encouraged me to try this.
I would have liked more information on the pros and cons of DE - I've seen a lot of questions about using it on other threads. I am using PDZ on the poop boards, and am unsure whether adding that to the litter would do as well.
And extra points for naming your bantam coop the Teacup Pterodactyl Townhouse!
I go every two months during the winter, being that I have 30 New Jersey Giants. After reading your article I might see about going a little longer. If I could make it through the winter with only 1 change that would make my life easier and warmer. I'm not sure if I understand how the smell is less though? What is counteracting it?
I did the DLM last winter and I believe it did help with making it warmer. My girls are in an unused, large remodeled horse stall in a barn. The horses are not in the barn much so no heat generated from them and the stall has a wood floor. As such it isn't overly warm and I think this really helped to keep the floor warmer for when they were locked in for a while due to snow. It also made care so much easier. I didn't do the DE but it sounds like a good idea and I think I will do that this year. I did clean it out in the spring and have done weekly cleanings through the summer... lately I've been wondering why I did that. Maybe I won't do that next year, not sure yet.
I've been using DLM since the chicks were first moved into the coop. I use hemp bedding because it is very absorbent with very little dust. But it is expensive because I have to have it shipped to me. But I have yet to need to add any fresh litter to the coop and we've had the wettest, most humid summer that I can recall this year. And the coop does not stink!