What sort of material should I use for the 'Deep Litter'?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sophia5, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. Sophia5

    Sophia5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if there is any other kind of material that would be suitable except for the wood shavings?
     
  2. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scratch the deep litter and go with sand put 3/4 of an inch in the coop, so much easier to clean up with a cat litter scoop and no smell it works great.
     
  3. AnnetteE

    AnnetteE Out Of The Brooder

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    Is deep litter used on the floor of the coop? I know some coops have a dirt flooring but what if you are using a wood floor? I am still planning out my coop but was thinking of floor with vinyl so it easier to clean. Has this worked for some of you?
     
  4. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have vinyl with sand and it cleans very easy with a cat litter scoop a little sweet pdz and no smell.
     
  5. AnnetteE

    AnnetteE Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks jetdog. I will try that when I get my coop up. I'm hoping it will be soon so I can order my chicks.
     
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I have used all types of litter for coops.

    I have not tried sand (sand gets good reviews on this site).

    Of all the things I tried to date wood pellets have been the best. They are super absorbent and swell up and eventually turn to saw dust. The droppings just seem to vanish and turn to dust when it comes in contact with wood pellets.

    Replace my litter and clean my coop every October after I harvest my garden.

    Works for me in my deep litter method.
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013

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