Jay Green wrote:Actually, properly cultured and balanced deep litter will promote the growth and population of beneficial bugs and nematodes that prey on the parasite larvae
Lauren Dixon wrote:Hmm, interesting. Please tell me more about the korean method that you use. We also have rabbits, so I'd be interested in hearing more about how you keep them.
Lauren Dixon wrote:I have my goat pens currently set up with portable corral panels. These work wonderfully! My question is about the sheer amount of waste these little critters produce.
Chris Kott wrote:Would it be a good or bad idea to do any of the following to maintain a deep litter culture?
1) allow chickens access periodically to pick out excess insect life
2) introduce Black Soldier Fly Larvae (they apparently love the non-carbon component of feces)
3) introduce red wigglers (vermiculture worms)
My reasoning is thus: chickens will clear out insect populations in the event of imbalance, and are run on pasture a few days after ruminants in some paddock shift systems; BSFL will assist in the rapid breakdown of all the litter, but focusing on the wet, brown nitrogen in the feces, and they would provide food for the chickens; and red wigglers will eat the rest of the litter, also potentially food for the chooks. I can anticipate the need to drop bedding more often, obviously, if this were implemented, but I think the soil coming out of the paddock would be far superior to the conventional deep litter. But would this defeat the purpose of deep litter, or is it good to speed the break-down of materials?
A laterally related question is whether or not bokashi is compatible with any of the previous measures.