CluckerFamily

Crowing
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I also do the deep litter in the winter. No poop board for the coops. I don't stir it around because the chickens do this for me, I do add more bedding and they will scratch it around more. I clean the coop out in the spring and then maybe once a month up until the middle of October when I start winterizing everything.
 

21hens-incharge

Slightly nuts
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Mar 9, 2014
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I should add my floor is plywood covered in linoleum, not dirt or anything so i guess it wouldn't be technically "deep litter". Is that still ok?:oops:
It depends on if you have adequate venting to allow all that moist ammonia air to exit the coop.

Basically if you can smell it they are breathing it.

My advice would be to keep an eye on humidity levels inside your coop and outside. Try to keep the humidity inside as close to that of outside as possible.
 

DaisyG2317

Songster
Jul 14, 2020
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Mine is also plywood with hardware cloth underneath the plywood. One sheet of linoleum is my flooring on top of the plywood. Makes for easy cleanup in the spring, the shovel just slides underneath everything.
Great, thanks for the info! I went in there today and stirred everything around and thought maybe i was doing something wrong by not scooping the poop, lol
 

One Lucky Momma

Chicken Kisser
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We have a sealed plywood floor with about 8” shavings in 6x8 coop for 11 birds. I hold my breath and stir the bedding around each morning with an old tobacco stake (esp under roosts) and have recently supplemented shavings for the first time after 5 months in use. The poop just kind of disappears into the shavings. Ventilation is good (and I believe that is critical) and since birds range all day they are in coop only to sleep and access nest boxes. It’s dry and has no noticeable odor.

Works great, I‘m very happy with it.
 

K0k0shka

Crowing
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My Coop
I have deep bedding in my coop (not deep litter), and no poop boards. I love it! I just recently cleaned it for the first time in 5 months. My layer of pine shavings is very thick. It stays bone dry and doesn't smell. The chickens do most of the stirring. I stir it occasionally, only when I start to see the poop on top (it mostly disappears into the fluff). It hasn't been through a winter yet, but we get ridiculously humid summers here on the coast, and it did fine this past summer (I have copious vents - all the walls are open on top).
 

DMOTS

In the Brooder
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I have the deep liter system using the HEMP product. 6 months so far and no smell at all. This will last over a year before i clean it. It decomposes right away and begins breaking down the smell as soon as it drops. LOL. If you are not using the Hemp product for your deep litter system then you are waisting your money and spend way too much time tending to it. FYI - I have 20 chickens in a 6' x 8' coop and it works great. I have absolutely no smell at all. I am a firm believer in this product.
 

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