Deep Litter in Run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by QuispamChiks, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. QuispamChiks

    QuispamChiks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2011
    I will be installing sideboards in my 6x6 coop so we can use deep littter method indoors,

    I am curious if deep litter works in an outside run ( I am thinking of only in the section of the run that is covered) From what I have read in forum DLM works best when kept reasonably dry.

    I think rainy weather (sideways rain) may dampen the Litter.

  2. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I think you are right- you can imagine a big pile of wet, poopy litter... Why not use hay/straw and renew it when needed? Some people have recommended sand, as well. Good luck!
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    In a some locations you can get away with it -- not too wet a climate and/or extremely free-draining soil.

    In an awful lot of North America though it will gradually turn into a stinking mud swamp, as more and more and more fine humus builds up in there to act as a better and better and better "sponge".

    If you want to try it, sure go ahead; just realize that you will have to adapt according to how it goes.

    Good luck, have fun,


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