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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rosecomb-Ryan, Nov 24, 2008.
Anyone have any pics of their deep litter coops for an example?
There are links to a bunch of coop pictures here, although I don't remember any of them mentioning deep litter. Still, it's a place to start: http://www.countrychickens.com/country_chickens_4_007.htm
Kathy in Texas
Quote:IM NOT SURE WHY YOU WANT PICS BUT I USE DEEP LITTER (HAY) AND IT WORKS GREAT ON MY WOOD FLOOR, I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH IT AT ALL SO FAR.
MY COOP SMELLS LIKE FRESH CUT HAY NOT CHICKEN POO AND I HAVE ABOUT A 100 CHICKENS IN IT.
By the word "deep litter" I personally take it to mean only about two feet high when the litter bedding is fresh, it packs down in a week to one foot high or else you need to keep raising the feed container hanging from the ceiling. I use straw and long shredded paper since its cold and/or frozen in Alaska most of the year, our summer is only about 3 months
(Cell phone pic so not very good quality) I'd just put down a new layer of shredded paper (long) and they'd just had a layer of straw the previous week so this pic is when its considered brand spanking new/clean to them and then they scratch and dig, mixing it all up themselves, getting exercise and happy looking for the bird seeds and treats.
The water bucket was being cleaned and refilled so is normally sitting in the left corner behind where this hen liked to sit.
In the back of the coop on the floor are three boxes full of grit and sand for two different things, dust bathing and grit for their food treats. Above those boxes on the floor is a shelf sideways and with their water bucket and a heat lamp (red) to keep the water from freezing. Lengthwise off the shelf and on the right hand side wall is the nesting boxes and a long perch to get into and out of their nesting boxes. Their night perch is above the nesting boxes, highest perch. It is an uninsulated old wooden coop given to me by my neighbors as when I got my first flock (these RIR's) I had no where to put them so I stuck them inside my 1996 Chevy Blazer Sport Utility 4x4 and boy was my 3rd son mad! Sold the SUV afterward and its still on the road