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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by winekntrychicks, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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    In the deep litter method; What is the purpose of Stirring up the litter????[​IMG]
     
  2. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just that it doesn't get gross and tamped down and wet. The chickens pretty much stir it up themselves, though, with natural scratching action. (Sounds like a commercial: Now, with Natural Scratching Action!)
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Stiring it up gets the fluffy shavings up top and the poop will drop to the bottom.
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Did you know that chickens raised on deep litter will get 100% of their protein needs from the bedding? I don't even want to wonder how, but that's what I keep reading about the DLM.
     
  5. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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    Interesting!!! I have been working on my deep litter since July. So far so good. [​IMG]
     
  6. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    this is a great question since I didnt know about "stirring" the litter till about 2 months into it. Now I do it every other day, and DE it once a week, and pine shavings it every other week. Been doing it since day one and it works great!!! the stirring makes it so fluffy again and takes the smell if any right away!
     
  7. Ladysonja

    Ladysonja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for posting this question and for everyone who answered....

    Great information! [​IMG]
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I throw a little scratch in my litter once in awhile and my birds do a lovely job of miximg it up. It also helps keep the poop in it dried out. I also sprinkle FOOD GRADE DE in it. [​IMG]
     
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  9. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Stirring helps keep it dry. I also like to throw scratch on it in winter and the chickens stir it for you. They also love to dust in it..sounds gross, but no bugs. As long as there is no moisture or smell, you're doing it right. [​IMG]

    Jody
     
  10. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I have sand now but I think I'm going to switch to the deep litter when I build the new coop next year. It just seems so much easier and better overall.
     

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