Deep Litter Method For Chickens

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My good friend Sally visited me the other day and was surprised that I had not implemented this in my coops. Especially after she saw my diy chicken poop hammock, she was confused why I would go so ‘fancy’ and had never thought of using the deep litter method for chickens.

This method can be used for both your chickens and your ducks. Some of the advantages include a clead dry fluffy floor, natural heating in winter, far less flies, very little maintenance, earthworms for protein and the best part of all compost for your vegetable garden.

Deep Litter Method For Chickens

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • hay
  • pine shavings
  • Shredded dry leaves
  • straw
  • shredded news paper
  • dry grass clippings

Before you can set up your coop, you need to clean it thoroughly. Then you can lay your first layer of hay, which should be about 2 to 4 inches deep. Leave it on and once they have soiled it, just lay on more hay. How long you have to wait before adding a new layer depends on how many birds you have, it can be as often as once or twice a week.

You may opt to turn your litter before adding a new layer, although if you have ducks they can do this for you automatically as they dig in there for earthworms. Also if it starts to smell really bad, you may want to turn it. When Spring rolls around you can clean and remove the litter from your coop adding it to your compost.

You can get more information on Life Is Just Ducky blog, here…

Deep Litter Method For Your Chickens

You can also watch the video below on the deep litter method…

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