Great Deep Litter Method Article

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ruralretreatchx, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. ruralretreatchx

    ruralretreatchx Out Of The Brooder

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  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great points if you keep up on the cleaning, and compost but I'll stick with coarse sand
     
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  3. bullyforme

    bullyforme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard sand can get too cold?
     
  4. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Like dirt, all the chickens do is walk on it but if you still feel guilty, throw some straw on top in the super cold, it sifts out easily, just like the poo does. Besides they can get their grit and take dust baths in it year around
     
  5. ddmiddle7

    ddmiddle7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great article....thanks for posting this. I can't decide what method I want to use in my new coop....But I do like the idea of only doing 2-3 major cleanouts a year with the deep litter method.
     
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:To each, his or her own! Personally, I would much rather spend 10 minutes of easy cleanup daily than have to face a big, nasty, hour or more long job several times a year. And to me, just adding fresh bedding on top of poo crusted bedding seems icky. We spend a lot of time in our coop with our chickens and I wouldn't want to be walking or standing on all of that. I prefer to compost droppings inside a dedicated composter.
     
  7. dcouette

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    Glad I saw your comments bryan99705 was debating sand in the coop vs straw. Was concerned with our cold northern winters with the sand. Do you add straw on top of the sand in the winter? Sorry to hijack this post.
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Bryan, I know you live in Alaska but you've said that you never keep chickens over winter. So if you'll pardon me, I am wondering whether you are speaking from *experience* with keeping chickens on sand in a cold-winter climate, or just theory?

    "Just throw straw on top" is reasonably-ok if you are going to do a full cleanout on a frequent basis (although as time goes by the sand will get more and more fine organic matter in it, til it is no longer exactly sand)... but for deep litter, it just turns into sandy compost and you canNOT pick the straw out once it has fragmented down to fine partly-decomposed pieces. So it isn't as straightforward as you suggest.

    Pat
     
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