deep litter

deep litter

a husbandry system used in most species but especially in poultry. Any form of bedding is used but short material such as shavings or sawdust is most easily handled. After an initial shallow layer is fouled, more litter is added to cover the droppings. Additions are continued daily until the end of the housing period when the entire bed is removed. Properly cared for the system is clean and warm and easy on labor.
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They were heard but could not be seen in the deep litter bin.
They were heard as they could not be seen in the deep litter bin.
The coops are built on the ground (one is elevated on some blocks), and we use the deep litter method of regularly adding straw to the ground, and then removing it all annually, which we then compost.
The treatments were: i) control bedding system with soil only (CTR); ii) bedding system with a deep litter mixture comprising 50% paddy hulls (PH), 30% saw dusts (SD), 10% peat moss (PM), and 10% corn cobs (CC) (TRT1); iii) bedding system with a mixture comprising 15% PH, 15% SD, 10% PM, 40% CC, and 20% corn stover (CS) (TRT2); iv) bedding system with a mixture comprising 30% PH, 10% PM, 40% CC, and 20% CS (TRT3).
Broiler litter (on which day-old Marshall broilers had been raised for 4 weeks) was collected from a deep litter house at a poultry farm.
The 20,000 Lowman Light chickens, kept on deep litter at a rate of seven cockerels to 100 hens that have seen the family through the tough times for 45 years.
The reference to knee deep litter is very harsh on the excellent cleansing teams both in Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough, who work exceptionally hard clearing up litter.
When I was 17, I had a deep litter unit for Rhode Island hens they were free to wander around at will they were bedded on peat.
Two systems are being investigated: a deep litter system,in which new woodchip is mixed with soiled chip; and a topped-up system, in which new chippings are layered on top of soiled chips.
Minimise the birds' contact with the soil by keeping them housed for the majority of the time, or on deep litter, with a barrier between the litter and the soil and the site as clean as possible.
There are two ponds, one with a fountain and stocked koi carp, the other is used mainly by waterfowl; deep litter poultry pen within the trees, plus other poultry houses; vegetable garden and fruit trees.
The new Rhino House cost pounds 500,000 to build and theme, and also features central heating, rubber lined floors, and a deep litter of bark to sleep in.