the anti-coccidial effect of deep litter

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bj taylor, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    hi everyone;
    i'm getting my new chicks the first week in feb. i'm reading a book by robt plamondon titled 'Success With Baby Chicks'. he discusses the deep litter method & how it began during WW11 out of necessity. he reports "the anti-coccidial properties are more interesting, at least to those of us who prefer using non-medicated feeds. after litter has been used by chickens for @ least six months, it acquires significant anti-coccidial properties. presumably this is because microorganisms that eat coccidia have had time to take up residence in the litter and have multiplied to the point where coccidia have a hard time surviving."
    are you familiar with this perspective & do you give it credence?
    the closer it gets to my chicks coming, the more nervous i am.
  2. chickanddoglvr

    chickanddoglvr Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2010
    Cincinnati Oh
    Well i use the deeper litter method and it works great. I just put down some new leaves or wood shavings down once a week or so. It keeps it smelling great as long as you have good ventilation. I usually clean it out every couple of months once it starts to get a little funky.
  3. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    yea a lot of people use it. it works great.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I use a deep litter method, too. Notice I said "a" and not "the" deep litter method. There are as many DLMs as there are people employing it.

    In my case, the coop is a former garage with a dirt floor. I covered the floor of the coop with 2 inches just to start. Every now and then I bring in another bale and break it open. The chickens spread it out for me. I may place an opened and uncovered bale in a different spot which needs some more shavings, as the chickens do like to dust bathe in their coop sometimes. They make depressions in it, or managed to scratch down to the soil... the goal is for the litter to get to about six or 8 inches deep. Eventually. There is no weekly, monthly, or seasonal mucking out of the whole coop.

    There is remarkably little odor. The chickens keep the shavings stirred on the top level.

    As to anti-coccidial effect, I haven't a clue.
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I have a whole lot of respect for Robert Plamondon. He has obviously studied and learned a lot, plus he observes and thinks.

    I don't know how accurate his statement is, whether that is from study or just thinking about it, so I won't comment on its accuracy. I don't know. What I do know is that if chicks are exposed to the protozoa that causes coccidiosis at a very early age and are kept in a fairly dry environment, they usually develop an immunity to the effects without becoming sick in the process.

    A wet coop is never good, so keep your coop dry. I'd rely on that more than anything else.

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