? about deep liter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by birdbrain2, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. birdbrain2

    birdbrain2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got chicks out in new coop. all the pine bedding from brooder went into compost pile. and after just a few weeks it has all turned dark brown and is turning to ash from the heat. so will the bedding in coop look like that after a year of deep liter collecting and decomposing in coop? will this method create unwanted heat in the summer?
     
  2. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

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    If you keep the litter on the floor of the coop from getting wet, you should not have a problem. I use the deep litter method and the majority of the poo is pretty dry before I cover it with more litter. I cover it once or twice a week. Mine doesn't get hot at all. In really humid environments, I suppose it could be a concern? But I've not experienced that.

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  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    It's not turning to ash... it might be getting moldy and you're seeing mycelia and/or spores.

    Remember that how much compost heats up depends on how thick it is; you will presumably not have a meter-deep layer in the coop [​IMG]

    Really, just play it by ear and see what happens, adjust your management accordingly, you'll figure out what works for your particular situation [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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