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Glad to see the gardening application info, thanks @FridayYet.

ETA: don't see a place to purchase and am curious about their cost.

Knew the PDZ was probably safe for the garden/compost, and figured but didn't know if the nitrogen absorbed in it would be available to plants or not. 

 

I use a lip on board and is lined with vinyl sheet flooring which also helps with 'sticking', especially in winter.

Gets sifted out 2-3 times a week, depending on population, and goes to a friends compost.

Mixed with sand and about a 1/4" - 1/2" deep (any deeper and they tend to dust bathe in it) it lasts a long time just needs topping off once in a while.

According to this link, the nitrogen absorbed by the zeolite becomes available to plants over time to prevent burning:  http://www.bearriverzeolite.com/molly_magic.htm   I order mine through Azure Standard since that is where I get my chicken food every month or, If I go to TSC, I  just pick up a bag of Sweet PDZ there.  I also have a pile of very sandy soil in the back, almost straight sand that I'll mix in once in a while to "stretch" the PDZ.

 

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I have a 1" x 1" border around the poopboard to keep the PDZ from being scattered.

Well that's my plan, but that project keeps moving down the list :gig  Maybe this winter?

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Originally Posted by aart View Post
 

Glad to see the gardening application info, thanks @FridayYet.

ETA: don't see a place to purchase and am curious about their cost.

Knew the PDZ was probably safe for the garden/compost, and figured but didn't know if the nitrogen absorbed in it would be available to plants or not. 

 

I use a lip on board and is lined with vinyl sheet flooring which also helps with 'sticking', especially in winter.

Gets sifted out 2-3 times a week, depending on population, and goes to a friends compost.

Mixed with sand and about a 1/4" - 1/2" deep (any deeper and they tend to dust bathe in it) it lasts a long time just needs topping off once in a while.

According to this link, the nitrogen absorbed by the zeolite becomes available to plants over time to prevent burning:  http://www.bearriverzeolite.com/molly_magic.htm   I order mine through Azure Standard since that is where I get my chicken food every month or, If I go to TSC, I  just pick up a bag of Sweet PDZ there.  I also have a pile of very sandy soil in the back, almost straight sand that I'll mix in once in a while to "stretch" the PDZ.

Yeah, read that, thanked you for the link...and after a little further searching saw that it's about the same price as the PDZ, which I just get at TSC.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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