Jeffrey Carlson wrote: I’m thinking of doing a deep litter system in the greenhouse coop with the hay, but I’ve been hearing some not that great experiences so maybe I won’t?
I thought I would add a comment on linoleum (which was traditionally made with lin or flax oil), which has a vinyl counterpart nowadays and people might make the mistake of putting the vinyl stuff in their projects as it is widely available and often confused with linoleum. "Linoleum’s use as an inexpensive floor covering material in homes and businesses was replaced in the 1950s by polyvinyl chloride, known as vinyl. Recently, however, linoleum’s ecological, non-allergenic and anti-microbial qualities have allowed it to make a comeback. Commonly found under a classic geometric design on vintage 1950s linoleums trademark name Marmoleum® and manufactured by Forbo Flooring, linoleum is commonly installed in green homes and germ-sensitive environments, such as hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
(coop is off the ground with linoleum floor for easy cleaning)
I don't have chickens yet, but they do indeed love both deep bedding and compost from my experience of looking after chickens on other people's farms. I'm trying to figure out a coop that has a compost bin and vermicompost basically as the floor (but the contents can be removed) with deep bedding over top of most of it, so that they can work that too. This would help the compost be more active, during our cold winters.
As I've always understood it, deep litter keeps the bedding dry, so it doesn't actually decay much. In composting, the material is kept moist enough to heat up and the chickens and chicken-keeper make sure it is aerated, so it is really composting. When I rebuild my chicken system I intend to make at least part of it a composting system.
As I've always understood it, deep litter keeps the bedding dry, so it doesn't actually decay much. In composting, the material is kept moist enough to heat up and the chickens and chicken-keeper make sure it is aerated, so it is really composting
I have no idea what I'm doing