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Dennis' Playhouse Coop--deep litter?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by moodusnewchick, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Songster

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    Does anyone with the playhouse coop type design use the deep litter method? I was planning on it, but it doesn't seem to work for me. The ammonia smell was just too much. I'm not sure if I just didn't do the deep litter method correctly, or if the area is too small to work.
     

  2. We sort of do deep litter in our Playhouse coop. I put about 2-3 inches of pine shavings on the bottom but I change them every week because the coop is so small there is no room for it to really build up as in the classic method. This might be overkill because I could probably just pick out the poo and not use so much, but again the coop is small and they seem happier with fresh bedding on a regular basis. Plus I hate that amonia smell!

    I did have to nail a piece of wood about 2-3 inches high across the inside of the door to keep them from kicking the pine shavings into the run. I think in the winter the pine shavings will add some extra insulation. The floor is covered with viynl self stick tile as well for easy cleaning.

    A 5 gallon bucket is perfect for measuring out the right amount of shavings with this size coop.

    ~Phyllis
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2008
  3. moodusnewchick

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    Thanks Phyllis,

    I have the vinyl flooring to for ease in cleaning. I did some more research on deep litter, seems it works best on dirt. I never realized that. So more frequent changes it is!
     

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