Dry Poultry Litter
I can think of few things that are as fun as putting on your mud boots at 4:30 in the morning and wading through the thick muck of a wet chicken house floor. Not only is it unpleasant, to say the least, it is also detrimental to the health of your birds.
High levels of moisture in the litter can have many adverse effects. Bacteria will grow which can cause all types of disease and odors including ammonia. The presence of insects will increase, you will have burned feet, breast blisters, and many other physical problems. And if that is not enough there will probably be some carcass downgrading in your future.
If you are reading this article then you don’t have to be convinced of the downsides to a wet litter floor. Dealing with moisture is not difficult unless you are trying to deal with it in an environment used to grow food. There are many toxic and less than ideal ways to get rid of moisture, most of which are unhealthy. If something corrodes your metal equipment in your house then think what it must be doing to your feathery assets walking on that floor.
Leaky water lines and poor drainage from storm runoff can create wet litter. These are things that require plain ole manual labor to fix. Southland Organics would not be much of a help in these areas without coming to visit and staying for dinner. Where we CAN help is in the more difficult causes of moisture in the house. Even in the cases of water accumulation from lines and drainage,Litter Life dries the litter floor.
Litter Life is an organic litter treatment that has numerous health benefits. We like to say that Litter Life creates a Healthy Litter Floor. We receive calls and emails daily for various problems where growers need a solution. They range from ammonia to E. coli to darkling beetles. Litter Life deals with all of these and more but whatever drives a customer to use Litter Life, the one thing they all acknowledge is its effectiveness at keeping a dry floor.
Decomposing waste is essentially the task at hand in a litter floor. Litter Life’s base formula is rich carbon with humic and fulvic acids that is teeming with indigenous biology. These are nature’s key players when it comes to returning to the soil the nutrients that we, and our livestock, consume. Our humic acid source has the highest carbon count ever recorded. You don’t have to research far to find the importance of the carbon to nitrogen ratio in composting. When the C:N ratio is in proper balance decomposition is greatly accelerated. About 25:1 to 30:1 is the ideal. When this ratio is not met, decomposition takes longer leaving high levels of moisture in the litter. Decomposition by its very nature dries the organism. Washington State University found that when the C:N ratio is low, the available carbon is used up and the excess nitrogen is released as ammonia.
Another obstacle to keeping a dry floor is when caking takes place. The organic fulvic acid in Litter Life penetrates and breaks up compacted soil. Each fulvic acid molecule is highly oxygenated. Whether you are planting a tree in hard ground or needing to break up a litter cake, organic acids penetrate and aerate. Litter Life has many many benefits but a dry floor is one of its greatest accomplishments.
Besides being extremely effective, it is also organic. Until recently, no one was certifying litter treatments for organic use. We received our first approval two months ago from the State of Pennsylvania. Our poultry probiotic Big ole Bird was certified last year and has paved the way for Litter Life. You can use this product with birds in the house and you don’t have to worry about getting it on your person. It is nature’s solution to nature’s problems. Maybe you can trade those mud boots in for a pair of flip flops. Well…..maybe not.
Also in Poultry Farmer Resources: Biosecurity in Poultry
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