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

wood-chips

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

before

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

nellie-checks-out-cleaning-supplies

sheep-want-to-know-whats-going-on

Hazel,

Hazel, “Does this involve food for us?”

4. Spread wood chips.

chips-down

5. A Buff checks it out a little tentatively.

buff-heads-in

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

eliz-2

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

Teamwork – Makes it all work!

chooks-do-their-work

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