Deep Litter composting/dry conditions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Karen 2739, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Karen 2739

    Karen 2739 Out Of The Brooder

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    My litter is very dry. What is the problem is the litter is too dry? I am reluctant to spray it because it seems to be doing well. It doesn't smell, no flies etc.

    Please give me your advice!

    Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  2. the4heathernsmom

    the4heathernsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it ain't broke don't fix it!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Karen 2739

    Karen 2739 Out Of The Brooder

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    Love it! That's what I was thinking! Thank you [​IMG]
     
  4. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Better to be dry & dusty than wet & musty ... the dropping dry up quickly very little smell !!!
    I add diatamacous earth to keep it that way also.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    If it's in the coop it's supposed to be dry.

    If youre COMPOSTING it, like the title states, then there needs to be enough moisture to make it heat up and "cook"
     
  6. sjnocill

    sjnocill Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a deep litter question and this seems like the most recent, relevant post.

    I read in another thread that some people throw scratch out to encourage the chickens to help stir it up. My initial thought was that would be throwing their food into their litter. Is there any concern about them eating out of their litter? Are they just going to pick through it anyway? Or should I avoid throwing scratch into it and just hit it with a rake every now and then?
     
  7. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I dont throw scratch inside. I also use wood pellets and not shavings. I just rake every 7 to 10 days, depending on smell [​IMG]
     

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