Deep litter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by shmeggs, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. shmeggs

    shmeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking of starting to use deep litter on my floor. What does most people use and how deep? I'm thinking of using pine shavings I'm I thinking correctly?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Pine shavings is ideal. You can use some natural material such as pine needles or dry leaves as well. I personally like to keep mine 1-2 feet deep in my large coop and 6-8 inches deep in my small coop.
     
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use pine shavings in the coop, probably around 6" deep. In the run we use grass clippings, straw, leaves & pine needles, probably 6" out there as well.
     
  4. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whats using deep litter? Like how is it beneficial?
     
  5. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's very low maintenance, no work other than to clean out once a year & makes great compost for the garden.
     
  6. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if you dont do deep litter how often would you have to clean the coop if you had six chickens?
     
  7. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 chickens, we do a clean-out once a year. There is a poopboard under the roost to catch poop, that is sifted out everyday or two. Takes about 5 minutes.
     
  8. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And just out of curiosity did you build your coop or buy it?
     
  9. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you're asking me .... We repurposed a dog shed which was a repurposed tractor shed. The run was added.
     
  10. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol thats so cool! Maybe i could do the same with a well house that we arent using ^~^ im just not the construction type. I ended up with more chickens then i wanted(i love em all anyway) so im worried their coop isnt big enough
     

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