Using the deep litter method for your chicken coop…
There has been nothing better, in our homesteading journey, than our sweet little ladies. They provide us with food for our family and in return we provide them love and a wonderful life.
See y’all, the circle must go round and round or we lose the entire meaning of this whole thing.
When deciding to get yourself some chickens, there is so much valuable information out there to learn from. We did a crap ton of research from what to feed them, to how to keep them quite, to how to take care of their coop.
I’d like to share the method we chose to go with. A method that has worked beautifully for almost about a year now. And that is…..
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The deep litter method.
This method keeps it super simple. And super low maintenance. Because if y’all are anything like us, we have to keep things easy and to the point. Working 40 hours a week doesn’t leave us enough time to clean out a coop once a week. And really who the hell wants to clean out a coop once a week.
This method requires ton of straw and………
You spread a bunch of straw in your coop and just keep layering it on when you see it getting low and starting to smell like ammonia.
What is the benefit of this method?
Low maintenance, most importantly. But it is a proven way to help build your soil and helps to create beautifully rich compost. You see, your chickens will poop. A LOT. And your chickens will love to scratch through the straw and find little surprises to eat. These two things, poop and scratching, go hand in hand. The poop is what is going to give your compost nitrogen and the straw is your carbon. By your chickens scratching, they are essentially turning your “compost” for you.
Wait, isn’t that the two main ingredients to build compost?
And my chickens are doing all the work for me?
So I don’t have to go out and clean my chicken coop as often as I am?
I know, right! Now about once a year you actually clear out all the straw and compost and either allow it to continue to break down in a pile or trash can or use it in your garden.
Homesteading is a laborious life style. An extremely fulfilling life style but laborious none the less. Finding ways to keep things as simple as possible and as low maintenance as possible is the key that we have found to be successful. Maybe you have time to clean out your coop once a week, why you would want to, is beyond me. But when you have a method that works and provides for you AND your chickens, I say that is two thumbs up yo!
Homesteading is a life that you actively choose. It is a commitment to hard work and understanding self sufficiency. Learning how to make nature work for you instead of against you has to be one of the most important parts of this whole journey.
Happy deep litter methoding!