Deep litter system

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MissouriChick, May 12, 2009.

  1. MissouriChick

    MissouriChick Out Of The Brooder

    May 11, 2009
    Jefferson City, MO
    I've decided to use the deep litter system for my chicks/chickens, but I've got a question.
    When stirring the bedding, are you supposed to just stir the top of the bedding to keep it from being matted down or are you supposed to go down deep when you stir? I've just been breaking up the top layer, not going down to the bottom, before I add fresh bedding. Is this right?
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
  3. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    Toss everything. If you don't, and the litter is moist at the bottom, it will get very hard and difficult to toss. Keeping it fluffy, all the way down to the floor, will help it dry out, thus keeping odor to a minimum, and it's more comfy on their legs.

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