- Oct 5, 2009
hi all... first of all, i have read the message boards on deep litter method, but haven't found an answer to my specific question. i live in the california high desert where most of the year has a pleasant climate, but summers for a few months are very hot (around 110 degrees high) and very low humidity. i'm currently constructing my coop now - it's a 6x8 foot coop and 6 feet high. here is my question. i really really like the idea of the deep litter method - not because i am lazy, ha ha, but because it ironically seems to be the most sanitary and provides birds with b12 and gives them a little resistance to coccidiosis. my coop has windows on all sides and each window is about 2 feet wide and 1 foot high. there are a total of 6 windows. i am thinking of keeping the dirt floor for the deep litter method for better composting. (covered with chicken wire to prevent critters from burrowing in). the foundation perimeter is cinder blocks so the deep litter will not rot out any wood. i have read that you need a well ventilated coop for the deep litter method. will my 6 windows be enough ventilation? also, i have heard the deep litter method because it is a form of slow composting causes heat. do you think this will be too much in the summer for them? i plan on getting a heat tolerant bird such as rhode island red. like i said, humidity is low here, rain is infrequent and i will have waterers where they cannot spill in bedding. so.... long question. if someone has feedback regarding my ventilation and the summer temps here, i'd appreciate it. also, i'm only going to have 4 or 5 hens so they will have lots of room and there will be a good sized outdoor run with shade. thanks!