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  1. skinnyhen

    skinnyhen Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering if this looks like it's supposed to. I keep adding to the bedding and they keep scratching down to the vinyl flooring. I would say in any given area it's 3-6 inches when I fluff it up. Some days when I check it, it seems a little damp but that may be because of the cold. It does not smell at all to me. Just curious if I should replace it,or leave it and keep doing what I'm doing.
     
  2. skinnyhen

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    I'm trying to upload images.
     
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  4. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like to keep my deep bedding at 6-10 inches.

    Seems you just need to keep adding.
     
  5. skinnyhen

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    Finally, I got another pic to load.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I keep about about 4-6" of shavings on my vinyl floor in the coop, and yes, they will scratch it it down to the vinyl in places.
    It's not really a problem, except the poops will kinda stick to the vinyl and I try to avoid that.
    I rake it around and kinda of mix it up every other day or so when I clean the roost boards as it will also compress in places.

    Are you using roost/poop boards under your roosts?

    I am not trying to 'deep litter compost' inside the coop, I want it to stay dry.
     
  7. skinnyhen

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    I do not currently use any poop boards under the roosts. I am experimenting. This is my first batch of chickens. They currently do not have a secure outdoor run yet. They will, come spring time. I do not know what method of litter keeping will work best for me. I've read so many things.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    There are many ways to bed a coop......if it doesn't stink, it's probably fine.
    You'll just have to keep an eye, and nose, on things.
     
  9. blairctchickens

    blairctchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any thoughts about moving the coop litter to the run/pen area and letting the chickens work it into the ground more before moving it to the compost bin?
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Depends on what you use for bedding.
    If you use pine shavings, might be better just leave it in the run.....wood takes fore-ever to break down.
    If you use straw or hay, I'd put it right into the compost or else you'll lose a lot of the nitrogen in the poop.
     

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