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LOVE KOOP CLEAN and not affiliatd in any way. I first saw it on The Chicken Chick's Blog and then in a few magazines. I mentioned it to my not so local feed store and they got it in for me. I mentioned it at a chicken workshop sponsored by the feed store and a bunch of people went over and got it. Now the stock boy told me they can't keep it in stock. We pay 20 at Mike's Feed Farm in Rivervale, NJ. When I open a bag, I go get one or two more so I don't go all the way out there and get disappointed.

 

I love it because my coop never has an off smell. One of my hens died from what the state lab said was Marek's, but she called me when she got my hen and asked what I bathed her with. Water and my hand on her poopy butt when she couldn't stand. No soap or perfume as I am highly allergic to factory made smells. We figured out that it was the fresh smell of the straw in the Koop Clean. I also use sand in the run, so her feet were very clean. She liked the sand in the run.

 

Best thing about Koop Clean is that it is chopped straw. That means on Wednesday, I can take out the clumps and damp and just refresh. It is compressed and chopped, so that bale is equal to at least two bales of regular straw and you fluff it. On Sunday, I do a full clean out of the large Snap Lock Coop, which only houses 6, so you get an idea of the size. (not large enough)

 

The PDZ is what they put under the straw in horse stalls to combat the urine smell. There has not been a smell in the coop since I started with Koop Clean. I also got a pail of plain PDZ and after a heavy rain, the sand can get a little odor. A handfull of PDZ scattered here and there and raked in and odor is gone. The stuff is amazing. 

post #132 of 139
I have been using it for a bit now. I really like it! I was able to get it from Ace Hardware. They don't keep it in stock, as it is a small store. But once they ordered it, it was there in just a couple of days. Not a long wait at all.
Edited by CatD - 6/8/16 at 7:47pm
post #133 of 139

I have a 2 level coop. I put the Koop Clean in the upper level and in the nesting boxes last week. Down on the ground level I have sand. So far I really like the Koop Clean. After a week everything still smells good. The chickens seem to enjoy scratching in it. They have been moving it around a lot which I would think is good to keep it fluffed up and dry. I was using shavings before. I didn't like the way the shavings stuck to the eggs. The Koop clean isn't sticking. Hope that helps.

post #134 of 139

I paid $19.98 at Agway in NH

post #135 of 139
I just located a place about 30 miles from where I live that has Koop clean, I am going to get it and try it out. I use pine shavings in the summer but in the winter I use regular straw and It is hard to clean my koop in the winter so I am hoping that the Koop Clean helps to keep down the smell over winter. Also, Can anybody please explain to me or post a picture of a dropping board? I have to make some changes to my koop because my hens are pooping in their nesting boxes and I would like to try to keep the droppings off the eggs. I am pretty new at having chickens so I am sure there is a better way to build a koop than what I have just need some suggestions. Thanks.
Melissa
post #136 of 139
I use it in my nesting boxes and it's great. I use pine shavings in the coop and sand in the run. There's a poop board in the coop so the shavings stay pretty clean. That said, I'm thinking of going to sand in the coop too. It's so clean!
post #137 of 139

A Dropping board is a board or something you can put under the roost to catch the overnight droppings. It should be smooth and wide enough to catch all the droppings.In the AM, scrape it off with a plaster/ putty knife into a bucket. If you have a square coop, there are trays that are put under washing machines on a 2nd floor that would make a great liner. My Snap Lock Coop comes with 2 trays and 2 nest box liner trays that I fill with Koop Clean. Easy to pull the trays and dump the bedding into a contractor garbage bag and take to the compost.

post #138 of 139
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A Dropping board is a board or something you can put under the roost to catch the overnight droppings. It should be smooth and wide enough to catch all the droppings.In the AM, scrape it off with a plaster/ putty knife into a bucket. If you have a square coop, there are trays that are put under washing machines on a 2nd floor that would make a great liner. My Snap Lock Coop comes with 2 trays and 2 nest box liner trays that I fill with Koop Clean. Easy to pull the trays and dump the bedding into a contractor garbage bag and take to the compost.

Better yet. if your dropping board has sides, then filling them with some granulated zeolite ('sweet PDZ') will make your job even easier. I have two 6 foot roosts, and cleaning both poop trays takes only five minutes with a litter scoop.

 

Back to the subject, when I got my April chicks I also asked for some bedding to replace the cedar chips that i had been using (yeah, I know, that's why I got the new bedding!). Well they recommended the Koop Clean. I don't have a sense of smell so as to how springtime fresh it keeps the coop I cannot say,although my roommate says it smells nice. I do know the chickens love scratching through it, and now that I added the trays it stays good for months. Yeah it costs more that pine shavings or straw.but being soft hay it doesn't get stuck in their 'noses' and all I have to do when I do need to replace it is sweep it out into the run, the chickens scratch through it and it disappears in a day or two, mixed in with the rest of the soil. 

 

One bag will cover 96 Ft2 to a depth of 2", so says the bag. As my coop's floor is just under half that it gives my ladies a nice soft landing when the jump from the roosts. I sprinkle some DE on the floor first to control parasites, then pour in the Koop Clean. The birds keep it all stirred up.

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post #139 of 139
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LOVE KOOP CLEAN and not affiliatd in any way. I first saw it on The Chicken Chick's Blog and then in a few magazines. I mentioned it to my not so local feed store and they got it in for me. I mentioned it at a chicken workshop sponsored by the feed store and a bunch of people went over and got it. Now the stock boy told me they can't keep it in stock. We pay 20 at Mike's Feed Farm in Rivervale, NJ. When I open a bag, I go get one or two more so I don't go all the way out there and get disappointed.

 

I love it because my coop never has an off smell. One of my hens died from what the state lab said was Marek's, but she called me when she got my hen and asked what I bathed her with. Water and my hand on her poopy butt when she couldn't stand. No soap or perfume as I am highly allergic to factory made smells. We figured out that it was the fresh smell of the straw in the Koop Clean. I also use sand in the run, so her feet were very clean. She liked the sand in the run.

 

Best thing about Koop Clean is that it is chopped straw. That means on Wednesday, I can take out the clumps and damp and just refresh. It is compressed and chopped, so that bale is equal to at least two bales of regular straw and you fluff it. On Sunday, I do a full clean out of the large Snap Lock Coop, which only houses 6, so you get an idea of the size. (not large enough)

 

The PDZ is what they put under the straw in horse stalls to combat the urine smell. There has not been a smell in the coop since I started with Koop Clean. I also got a pail of plain PDZ and after a heavy rain, the sand can get a little odor. A handfull of PDZ scattered here and there and raked in and odor is gone. The stuff is amazing. 

Actually, it's not straw, it's hay. IOW dried grass. That's one of the reason's I prefer it.

 

Stray is muck stiffer, tends to get stuck in the chicken's nasal holes and doesn't break down as fast because it is predominantly fiber.

 

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Originally Posted by Mellysa134 View Post

I just located a place about 30 miles from where I live that has Koop clean, I am going to get it and try it out. I use pine shavings in the summer but in the winter I use regular straw and It is hard to clean my koop in the winter so I am hoping that the Koop Clean helps to keep down the smell over winter. Also, Can anybody please explain to me or post a picture of a dropping board? I have to make some changes to my koop because my hens are pooping in their nesting boxes and I would like to try to keep the droppings off the eggs. I am pretty new at having chickens so I am sure there is a better way to build a koop than what I have just need some suggestions. Thanks.
Melissa
 

Here you go Melissa:

I need to make a new pair that are a little wider and closer to the roost though, as you can see some of the ejected poop lands on the edges of these, but you get the idea. Mine are filled with granular PDZ which not only helps keep the ammonia at bay but also helps to dry out, and clump the poop, making it easier to scoop.


Edited by FlyWheel - 12/5/16 at 7:48pm

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