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Deep Litter Flooring System for Duck Poultry Coupe & Composting

Updated: May 20, 2019


Hey Guys,

Take a look at our deep litter system, on the floor of the poultry coupe for our Muscovy Ducks and Chickens.

What is a deep litter system in the poultry coupe?

It is layers of straw or sawdust (I use straw) on the coupe floor, that you keep adding more layers too.

I love this system of flooring in the poultry coupe because

you can clean it out in small sections at your convenience,

it keeps the ducks and chicken clean and therefore healthy,

it composts down and the worms love it, so that is free food for the birds,

the birds love foraging in it,

if there are flies or smells you can just add more straw or sawdust and this prevents these issues.

I also add some layers to the compost heap, which is the perfect Autumn / Fall job on the homestead because of all the free leaves that have fallen from the trees, it is also the end of moulting season so there are also plenty of feathers to add to the compost too.

The weather is also civilised at this time of year and if you have health challenges like me, then you can do a little bit every few days or enlist help.


Welcome to Moat Cottage.

Here I show you my homesteading life, how to be more self sustainable & homestead in a small space.

You'll see how to grow organic food, use and preserve the harvest, raise backyard poultry, both Muscovy ducks and Chickens.

You will learn how to make natural remedies, get more prepared for emergency situations, how to organise the homestead, money saving ideas and how to live with less waste.


Here at Moat Cottage, we raise and grow and process some of our own free range meat, organic vegetables and fruit.

We grow all of our herbs for both eating and medicinal purposes as well as hunt, fish and forage.

We preserve our produce for the year ahead by canning, dehydrating and freezing and we work on being prepared for emergency situations.

We live using less waste, we recycle and upcycle and love finding what is needed for a project at the scrap yard, op shop or a garage sale, but only buy what is really needed.

We don't like plastic, chemicals and artificial fragrances and are trying to live an older style life balanced with this modern world lifestyle.

Good health and natural living has always been a high priority for our family and despite this two family members are living with auto immune diseases, myself included.

We focus on what we can do, when we can do it, stay positive and so I make these videos for you on my best days.

Much Love

Elissa Jayne



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