Deep Litter

I was reading a book about life in the Scottish Highlands in the 1950s and 1960s and the author (Katherine Stewart) mentioned using the deep litter system for their chickens. Of course, I had to look it up, thinking it was only a Scottish system. Not true – I found current Google links to people using this system in the U.S as well. You rake up the floor of bedding and add fresh bedding – wood chips in our case – letting the chickens mix it up scratching for grain. A way to keep things fresh and then clean out when it gets quite deep.

Sounded good to me. Here is the process:

  1. Buy wood chips


2. Survey current floor. Yup, needs fresh bedding.


3. Gather equipment, which, of course, attract helpers.




Hazel, “Does this involve food for us?”

4. Spread wood chips.


5. A Buff checks it out a little tentatively.


6. Elizabeth is glad I put her swing back down!


7. Chooks do their scratching and nicely mix and spread the bedding,

Teamwork – Makes it all work!


Published in: on February 4, 2017 at 5:14 am  Leave a Comment  

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