Deep Litter Questions

MotherOfChickens

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Hi! :D

So I have a few questions about the deep litter method and I am hoping those of you who are highly experienced in this could possibly answer them for me. So here goes...

I am building a new coop here in the next couple weeks. The dimensions will be roughly 3.5 ft deep x 7 feet wide by 5.5 feet tall. Now it will be roughly 18 inches up off the ground so the actual coop will be 4 feet tall.

First question, is deep litter possible to do properly with those dimensions?

If I do the deep litter method, should I make my coop sit closer to the ground and not so high up? I am trying to deter mice that come into my run from the neighbor's shed. I don't want them moving in. So, with all that said, if I make it lower, how low? I can not make my coop taller because it will sit inside my run which tops out at 6 ft.

Next question would be, is it possible to do the deep litter method in the chicken run as well? My run is 8 ft deep x 20 ft long and 6 ft tall. It is roofed and enclosed on 2 sides.

Thank you so much for your help! :love:wee
 

rosemarythyme

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Don't bother trying to deep litter in a coop - it's hard to get the process going without a dirt floor and ample space to pile in the litter, neither or which you will have. You can however take the used litter from the coop and mix it into deep litter in the run.

A dirt or (formerly) grass run is a good place for using deep litter.
 

townchicks

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In your situation I'd recommend deep litter in the run, and pine shavings in the coop, with a poop tray under your roosts. Then the poop will be easy to scrape or scoop into a bucket, keeping the shavings cleaner longer. When the shavings are soiled, they can simply be scraped out into the deep litter in the run, and replaced. That's the way I do it with my elevated coop.
 

BGcoop

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In your situation I'd recommend deep litter in the run, and pine shavings in the coop, with a poop tray under your roosts. Then the poop will be easy to scrape or scoop into a bucket, keeping the shavings cleaner longer. When the shavings are soiled, they can simply be scraped out into the deep litter in the run, and replaced. That's the way I do it with my elevated coop.
This is what I am doing(I have only had chickens since spring and it has been a learning process and i’ve Tried several methods) The poop board is a must! It takes about a minute in the morning to scrape out the poop from my 11 birds but the ammonia smell I was starting to get in the coop has been completely eliminated, so totally worth it!
 

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