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Managing Manure: How to Use Deep Litter in Your Chicken Coop
Posted By jmccharen On April 5, 2012 @ 8:06 am In Farm & Garden | Comments Disabled
Here are some tips on how to use the valuable resource of chicken manure by harnessing the birds’ natural scratching tendencies to make great compost. It helps keep them healthy too. This is just one of the many subjects covered by Harvey Ussery in his recent book The Small-Scale Poultry Flock . It’s full of great ideas on how to care for your flock in a holistic, beyond-organic way.
Article reposted from: Suburban Hobby Farmer 
Maybe the very best idea from Harvey Ussery’s book The Small-Scale Poultry Flock  is his strategy for using what he calls “deep litter ” to manage manure in the chicken coop. Ussery’s coop doesn’t even have a hint of ammonia, yet he almost never cleans it out, and his chickens are healthier because he doesn’t.
As you can imagine, excessive ammonia from chicken manure can damage a chicken’s sense of smell and, of course, it can be unpleasant for humans, too. So Ussery essentially turns the chicken manure into compost right inside the chicken coop.According to the author, composting inside the coop keeps his chickens healthy because the good compost microbes keep the bad microbes in check the same way they do in your garden. As a result, the chickens are less likely to develop infections. Also, chickens love to scratch and rummage through the litter, so they are entertained and happy. No one knows for sure, but I bet happy hens lay more eggs.
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URLs in this post:
 The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_smallscale_poultry_flock:paperback
 Suburban Hobby Farmer: http://www.suburbanhobbyfarmer.com/chicken-coop/
 deep litter: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=70
 Making Compost Faster: http://www.suburbanhobbyfarmer.com/how-to-compost-faster/