how often should i change my whole coop litter?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by redhen, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    ..my coop is 8x8...the run is 8x16(that they have access to during the day..plus some yard time)I use pine shavings in the coop....i have been emptying out about half at a time when cleaning..about every few weeks..the litter is pretty thick...maybe 6in high...i dont want to change the litter to little and they get sick or something...but..i hear alot of people mentioing the deep litter method..(only my floor is vinyl..not dirt, so i'm not sure that the DLM will work for me?)..any ideas that you guys do is much appreciated..thanks..Wendy
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    I change mine once a week, however my coop is smaller, and I dont use as much. I only use an inch or two.

    I find less litter is better than more. It is my opinion that the more litter you have in the coop, the more opportunity for moisture to become trapped and create a breeding ground for all kinds of insects...
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Im going to be using the deep litter method this winter. I will start in the fall, and not clean it out until late spring when the ground starts to thaw. Ive read the bedding might get up to 10inches.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    hi..thanks for the replys...[​IMG]...can i use the DLM with a vinyl floor though?...Wendy
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    hmmm. Not sure about that. i would think you can. I have a wooden floor that is painted thick with exterior floor paint. As long as the litter doesnt get wet I think it would be fine. I already have about 6 inches, I will change it before fall comes though.
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    thank you for the help...i just looked at your web site..[​IMG].those call ducks are so cute!..Wendy
     
  7. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep my litter about 4" deep, but I police it up every day with a cat litter scoop (just a few backyard hens, small coop). Although I go through a reasonable amount of pine shavings by replacing what I scoop every so often, every 3-4 months I scrape things down to the floor, lightly dust the bare floor with poultry dust / DE, and replace with 4 - 5" of shavings.
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    thank you jenski.....good idea you have to use DE and the dust...thanks...Wendy
     
  9. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I didnt know we were spose to change the litter, I guess I know what I need to do. [​IMG]

    Actuallly, I use deep litter method, and start with couple inches, and turn it a couple times a week, as long as it stays dry, deep liter method would work on vinyl
     
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    lol...thanks marlinchaser...Wendy
     

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