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Deep Litter method over a vinyl floor? Other advise on bedding/clean

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Karen 2739, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Karen 2739

    Karen 2739 Out Of The Brooder

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    :heIs it possible to use the deep litter method over a vinyl coop floor? If I can't how often should I completely change the bedding? I have been racking it weekly and removing the majority under the roosts. I have not smelled amonia, but I don't like the smell, I am sure you know what I mean. I am confused as I have read several books that say not to clean it too often as it could be detrimental. Any advice?
     
  2. Urban Chaos

    Urban Chaos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is my method - deep litter over vinyl - works well so far.

    I just cleaned mine out entirely for the first time in 3 months - other than that I had been cleaning the poop board on a daily basis.
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2011
  3. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just rake mine in the morning when I let the chickens out.

    It doesn't smell and I have about 6 inches of shavings (over a painted floor).

    When I first added the shavings, I also sprinkled a little DE and Sweet PDZ and mixed it all in.

    Just make sure it is absolutely dry.

    Also the size of your coop, ventilation, and number of birds could be a factor if you can smell an odor.

    I have 23 chickens in an 8x12 coop with windows (covered in wire) on 3 sides that I leave open (unless it's raining).

    I also have the rafter eaves left open for extra ventilation.


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