Speeding up composting of deep litter

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rudy_rooster, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. rudy_rooster

    rudy_rooster Out Of The Brooder

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    We've been using the deep litter method of droppings management in our new shed coop. This is our first winter with this coop. I'm wondering if there is a way to speed up the process of composting. I throw a handful of corn into the litter once a week or so to encourage the birds to stir it up. Anything else I can do to keep it fresh and decomposing?
     
  2. foulplay

    foulplay Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a hen house upstairs in our bank barn it is around 20 by 22. I use the deep litter method and bed up once a week but also stir up the manure and straw from the previous week. I have around 100 birds so they make short work of any grain or other goodies I throw into the bedding. They love to scratch up grain though.
     

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