I live in the city (one that does not allow chickens) yet I'd like to use a hot bed this spring. My neighbors, and my wife (and probably the local by-law enforcement) would not appreciate me bringing in a pile of manure. So I'll just try to use my regular compost (mostly kitchen scraps and yard waste) in place of manure, any special considerations? Special additives needed?
Way Out West Blow-In Blog https://www.youtube.com/user/WayOutWestx2 they homestead on the westcoast of ireland and apart from listening to their lovely accents I love seeing all their useful inventions and hearing them explain things in terms I can understand.
don't forget that deep litter really can get very deep, several feet in some cases! so if you do build a roof structure remember to make it tall enough to accommodate this, otherwise you will be hitting your head! a lot!