Re-using deep litter?

steve hartzler

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Apr 25, 2020
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I've just dug out decades old deep litter from one room of our two room coop. The old concrete floor had cracked enough to let a mink tunnel in, so I had to check for other cracks. Now I have a bare concrete floor in half the coop. I'll be digging out the other room on my next day off. I'm considering just shoveling the old litter into the first room, then repairing any cracks I find in the 2nd room and shoveling half of the litter back. It's basically just plain chicken poop that's old enough to vote. It'd be enough to cover both floors a few inches deep. I could also mix wood chips in from our woodshed floor, or add some old hay mulch or just plain dirt. What would you advise? Thanks!
 

steve hartzler

Hatching
Apr 25, 2020
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I now have a large pile of it outside of the coop, and enough still inside the coop for maybe a 1" layer once it's spread out. I'll mix some wood chips in today. We had chickens when I was growing up, and I know the bedding in the 2nd room hadn't been changed since I was a kid. (40+ years ago.) My dad hadn't had chickens in that part of the coop for his last 20+ years, but we recently had some in there for 3 years. So it's a mix of very old and relatively fresh manure, which has now been turned. Our 2 month old chicks are going through it enthusiastically. I never expected to replace the bedding, and not planning to again. The ceiling is about 12' at the peak, so the floor won't rise too high in my lifetime.
I don't need the manure for fertilizer. I guess I'll post it in the "free" section on craigslist.
 

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