Hey all! I am a greenhorn who is reading everything I can here in preparation for my first flock in Spring 2015 and I have questions about the Deep Litter Method. OK, first let me tell you about our conditions. I live in the northwest panhandle of Florida where it can get quite hot (117 ambient temp just last week) and quite wet. In this part of Florida and especially in my neighborhood, our water table is quite high and water will stand on the ground for a full day after a heavy rainstorm before draining. You know the old adage about swampland in Florida? While our land is not technically a swamp, there are bayous and swamps are close by. Anyway, here are my questions: 1. Is it even advisable to attempt DLM in these conditions? 2. Would a greenhorn be better advised to go the traditional litter method before attempting DLM? OK, that's it for now. Thanks in advance!