Soil here retains so much moisture that my first thought about getting gravel in the garden was YES better drainage.The gravel could be an issue - is the dirt over the gravel? I wouldn't really want it mixed into my compost, though I suppose you can sift it out once it's broken down.
I disagree that you shouldn't try it, though I'd consider putting something against that wood fence to protect it so you don't end up rotting it along with the stuff in the litter. For composting you'd want to use materials that'll break down readily. Dried leaves would be stellar, along with other stuff from the yard provided it hasn't been treated with any poisons - short lawn clippings, garden trimmings, weed clumps, etc. Maybe a little chopped straw. Wood does not break down well so avoid too much of wood chips, shavings, etc.
The gravel could be an issue - is the dirt over the gravel? I wouldn't really want it mixed into my compost, though I suppose you can sift it out once it's broken down.
Ditto Both of Dos^^^^You can use any kind of dry organic material in the run -- wood chips, wood shavings, straw, pine straw, leaves, shredded paper, and anything else that comes readily to hand.
IMO, a mix of materials, sizes, and textures is better than a single thing because it will help the litter resist packing and matting -- which would be the main cause of any litter-related troubles.
Gravel can be a terrible problem because it irritates the birds feet and can make the prone to bumblefoot.
Yes it’s super moist here in Eureka, Ca. Mild could potentially be a problem if I’m not careful! So I’ll probably leave the gravel and just add on too so I have good drainage.Soil here retains so much moisture that my first thought about getting gravel in the garden was YES better drainage.
I'm starting the deep litter concept except my coop is probably more like a covered run, so we will see what happens. Dirt floor, full roof.. the dividing walls between "pens" are half and half wood and chicken wire. Chicken wire on the upper part. And the whole outside is horse fence. So lots of ventilation haha.
Gravel will only help with drainage if the area is already sloped for draining.Thank you everyone! I have friends in the landscaping business so I’m asking for natural materials like soil and dried leaves to start with. I don’t want any mold problems! I think I better stay away from wood chips and hay and such. We will see how this goes! Sounds like it will be a learning process!