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hybrid deep litter - newbie in Canberra

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by betchern0t, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. betchern0t

    betchern0t Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I am half way through building a coop and run. I want to do hybrid deep litter is 6 - 8 inches or 150 - 200mm sand. Then rake every now and then and replace every year or two.

    I was planning to use this in both the coop and the run.My question is do I need to use a dropping board as well?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Paul

    Planning two australorps and two Rhode is reds.
     
  2. barnaclebob

    barnaclebob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop is sand in the roost/coop area and shavings down below in the run. Poop gets scooped every other day or down into the shavings and the shavings are changed 3-4 times a year. The shavings get composted.

    I have tried shavings in the coop but that didnt work out well and I ended up with a lot of dirty eggs. I can't imagine how people deal with sand in the run unless they clean it out every day.
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2015
  3. betchern0t

    betchern0t Out Of The Brooder

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    So if sand only needs complete clear out about once a year, what do people do with the sand?

    Many thanks in advance

    Paul
     
  4. barnaclebob

    barnaclebob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It goes into the compost as well. You probably don't need to clean it completely out very often. As you scoop it will go down in level and you'll need to add a bag or so every several months.
     

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