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What's the Deep-litter method?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lyndatu, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm running out of time.......We have to have an idea of coop litter. Wood shavings? Expensive, since you'll have to change it every 2 days and our coop is a bit big. But, I saw this deep-litter method. It looks convenient! Can you teach me? Please!!! Time is running out! Let the game begin!


    Thanks in advance!

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  2. cristina33

    cristina33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Deep litter method is you put in 6 iches of shavings and add an inch or so of clean litter when it needs it every other week or so and stir up all the litter. If the shavings get wet or way to much poo it will have to be changed . I change my litter every 3 months. I have a 9x 10 coop and clean it with every season unless it gets wet. It works great for me . I use 2 bags of shavings to start and then add a half a bag every 2 weeks or so. Some people start with a foot of litter. Everyone has a differant way. As far as straw and hay goes I only use that for nesting boxes and I change it often. It can harbor bugs and mold. Important thing to do is stir your litter often and it should be fine. Many people stir it everyday when they do water and feeding. Really it works great!
    Take Care and Good Luck
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  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Deep Litter Method I also replied to your other post with this information.

    Why do you keep saying you need to change the litter every two days? Just curious who told you that. I've been using the DLM since June in our smallest coop and there's no smell, at all.

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  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    If (as per your other topic about coop litter) you are getting CHICKS (=babies), then you only need brooder litter for now, not for your whole coop. And while you might have to change litter in the brooder every couple of days, you won't be using much litter each time because the brooder will be relatively small, you know? So do not panic, a bag of wood shavings will last you a long time.

    Once the chicks grow up and are living in your coop, what about plain ol' sand, since you are in a tropical climate?


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  5. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please give me a step-by-step procedure of the deep-litter method! Help really needed!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:1. throw in a bag of shavings.
    2. leave it a few days.
    3. stir.
    4. add more shavings in a week or two.
    5. stir it up every two or three days.
    6. add more shavings every week or two.

    this is for your COOP. If you have chicks in a brooder - its another thing.
     
  8. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uhm, when I "leave it for a few days", do I need to put the chickens in the coop? And when do I stop adding more shavings?

    Thanks in advance!
     

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