Is the Deep Litter System Right for Your Homestead?
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the deep litter system and how you can manage a small flock’s manure easily and efficiently.
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In the deep litter system, the ground of the chicken house and, if the chickens are given access to the outdoors, the surrounding pen in which they are confined, is “seeded” with eight to twelve inches of compost, leaves, straw, grass clippings, and weeds.
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Chickens will consistently nick through the compost, leaves, straw, grass clippings and weeds, over and over, eating any fly larvae that develop.