Cleaning out the chicken houses – The Bolen Family

Removing Wet Litter

Bedding Remover

This machine removes the wet cake and clods and leaves drier bedding on the floor in our houses. We do this right after the birds are removed. We take the caked litter and either spread it or store it in a shed for later use.


Windrowing Litter

Poultry Litter WindrowerThis is a poultry litter windrow attachment for our skid steer. We windrow every time between batches of birds unless it’s our annual complete cleanout. Windrowing will cause the litter to heat in excess of 160 degrees, which kills a lot of the bacteria. It is my opinion that reused litter is better for the next flock than new shavings, and it costs less as well. Windrowing also helps control darkling beetles that live deep in the litter. Darkling beetles eat chicken feed and spread diseases.


Final Bedding Check

After windrowing, if I think the bedding is going to be more than 5" deep when spread back out, I remove some of the litter. Pictured is my case sr 200 skid steer along with a load of removed litter  This skid steer is by far the most used and versatile peace of equipment I own.  It has a pressurized ,air conditioned cab which makes working in these conditions a lot more tolerable. After windrowing, if I think the bedding is going to be more than 5″ deep when spread back out, I remove some of the litter. Pictured is my case SR 200 skid steer along with a load of removed litter. This skid steer is by far the most-used and versatile piece of equipment I own. It has a pressurized, air-conditioned cab, which makes working in these conditions a lot more tolerable.

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