urgent -- pls explain 'deep litter'

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by frankenchick, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are supposed to have a blizzard tonight with temps in the minus-double-digits before wind chill. I have blocked most of the upper openings on the coop. I have heat lamps but can’t count on them because if we lose power, they’ll be out. I want to add deep litter to my bad weather prep, but am a little unclear on how it works.

    Q: do I just keep adding fresh litter, stirring it around with everything else? That’s kind of what I’ve been doing; there hasn’t been any funky smell.

    I’m on a crutch after a car accident -- only one, because I sprained the other-side wrist!-- so I can’t hobble down to the coop for awhile if there’s much snow. I’ll put balm on their combs to prevent frostbite, but I’m a little anxious about my babies.
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    traditional deep litter method is not something you do in a day - it is a season-long process.

    However there is no reason you shouldnt dump a deeper layer of litter in there than you have now [​IMG] No particular need to stir. They could try snuggling down in it if they need extra warmth.

    If it will be *that* cold and windy have you considered temporarily blocking off ALL the vents, I wouldn't do it if you have had problems in the past with ammonia smell but otherwise it might be something to consider.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  3. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the great links! Apparently, this is what I've been doing since Oct. The one thing I do is pick out the really big globs if I'm motivated and have remembered to bring gloves.

    The winds were ferocious last night, but I felt a little more at ease having taken the steps that I did.

    Thanks again.
     

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