deep litter materials

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dsc6, May 26, 2010.

  1. dsc6

    dsc6 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2009
    I am using the deep litter method. What are some things you all use for this? I do not have access to wood/pine shavings. I am using straw, will add grass clippings during the summer and will add mulched leaves in the fall. Is DE necessary? I don't want to have a earthworm slaughter, lol. I'm sprinkling some fresh cracked corn into the litter to encourage the hens foraging and turning it over. This will be a bigger issue in the cold months. I have 4 high windows which I am considering leaving open in the winter for ventilation. (Will cover the 4 lower windows.) The hen house is approx 10 by 20.

    Here you can see the high round windows and the lower ones.
  2. rasin peeps

    rasin peeps Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 15, 2010
    Cumberland, MD
    I think I read on the DE bag that it does not affect earthworms.

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