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    Posted: 10 Apr 2012 at 5:26pm
Question: can I just add a thick layer of shavings a few days in a row, kinda like the deep litter method in the brooder, then clean it all out when I think it really needs it? The shavings are staying fairly clean because we use a lot and they're drying out fast from the lamp, thus no smell. I just feel like its kind of a waste of a fresh new layer of litter every single day if "deep litter" would work in the brooder too. Thanks!
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I am using this method.  We got ours on Saturday and I cleaned it out completely today but probably won't do that again for a few days nothing seems really messy at all so far.  There are 18 in our brooder box now and its working so I can't see why not.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Apr 2012 at 5:57pm
Yep, we only cleaned ours out about once a week. Use your judgement when it gets smelly or messy then change the litter.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote moonangel12 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Apr 2012 at 6:39pm
I'm cleaning mine about once a week or so - mainly when it gets stinky. I've been able to slow down a little since I rigged up a basket to hold their water - they kept perching on it and dumping it which was making quite a mess! I will sprinkle a thin layer just so it's "cleaner" (cover up the poop) to get me buy a couple days longer. 

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Originally posted by moonangel12 moonangel12 wrote:

I'm cleaning mine about once a week or so - mainly when it gets stinky. I've been able to slow down a little since I rigged up a basket to hold their water - they kept perching on it and dumping it which was making quite a mess! I will sprinkle a thin layer just so it's "cleaner" (cover up the poop) to get me buy a couple days longer. 
 
Yes I know what you mean I have my waterer sitting on a plate right now that is turned upside down but they still manage to get the shavings in it.  It doesn't bother me much because the water gets warm due to the heat lamp so I just change it couple times a day but it is rather annoying to try to rig something to get them to stop pooping in it too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stegmanjessica Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 2012 at 3:28am
Thanks gals. I'm so excited, my life just got a whole lot easier. No more cleaning out the brooder every day after all these great responses, I'm just adding a bit of litter until I start to smell it more in the house. For now we're good though!
I'm also getting my nipple waterers tomorrow I believe, so that will be super nice to minimize mess and cleanup, and give the girls more room to run around. They aren't cramped yet but they will be soon!
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I might try this too this time around.  I couldn't last year because of the pen i was brooding in, but with the stock tanks solid sides i bet i can go more than 1 day between cleanings.  I know i'm not going to be able to pull this off with the ducklings though, but that's ok.
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As long as there's no smell, you should be good. When I had mine inside, we had to clean every day or every other day, but I had, like, 30 chicks in a large Rubbermaid bin. LOL 
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Well it's been 2 days and is going well. I'm seriously going to go as long as I can (until the litter gets too deep for the brooder or it starts to smell!) and I can see that being about 4-5 days at the most. Even cleaning it out twice a week would be awesome compared to what I was doing, twice a day! I added my nipple waterers to the far wall of the brooder away from the light and they love them! I need something to put down under the watering area though, because they let a lot of drips down onto the litter/plywood and it's quite damp over there. I'm still so excited to get them in the coop!! 
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