Better Chicken Health: Deep Litter Manure Management
Composting chicken manure in deep litter in the coop will build better chicken health and reduce labor.
If you keep your chickens in a run, they will scratch down all of the vegetation, leaving you with bare dirt. Covering the dirt with a bed of litter will absorb manure, retaining most of the nutrients for your garden.
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A free-range hen standing at the top of a wooden ladder giving access in and out of the henhouse.
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This outdoor run has a bed of straw litter which will absorb manure and convert it into rich compost for the garden