8 Causes of wet litter in poultry farming
1. In warm climates the water intake is too high to compensate for the heat. A lot of this water is excreted in the droppings.
2. Feed disturbances and (subclinical) coccidiosis are the most common cause of bacterial enteritis, which is the most common cause of wet litter issues.
3. Other health problems can cause very loose droppings, e.g. Gumboro and infectious bronchitis (IB); certain strains affect the kidneys, resulting in extremely wet litter.
4. Poorly maintained (leaky) drinking water systems.
5. Inadequate water absorption caused by loose droppings (containing a lot of water) or poor choice of litter material.
6. Improper ventilation or inadequate heating: cold air settling too quickly or damp air not being removed effectively.
7. Differences in light intensity. You often find poor quality litter in places with a higher light intensity. The chickens are more active there and defecate more in that area, causing the litter to become wet and compacted.
8. Too high mineral,or salt content in the drinking water and/orfeed causes chickens to drink more, which automatically makes the litter wetter
Note: The litter should always be dry and slightly loose, it should not stick to your hands or boots too much.