best absorbent material for a poop board??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by smcdermott, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand isn't working so great??!

    What would be the next best thing? I was going to try just regular cat litter???
     
  2. rockriver

    rockriver Out Of The Brooder

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    I use sawdust
     
  3. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks
     
  4. barneveldrerman

    barneveldrerman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cat litter may work. What is the problem with sand?
     
  5. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    You might try a bag Sweet PDZ. I found nothing better, and when I cleaned off the poop board completely to start fresh, I just scooped off the poop and tossed whatever was left of the Sweet PDZ on the board right into the litter. Does a bang up job of getting rid of ammonia smells and dries poop up fast!

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  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sorry to hear that you are having problems. What about the sand that is not working?
    I use a mixture of sand, DE, garden soil and Sweet PDZ for my "catch containers" or poop boards. The birds do scratch & peck in them after I scoop them out every day, so I'm not sure if cat litter is suitable or not?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Noooo, probably not a good idea.
    Some cat littlers have chemicals in them and the even the pure plain clay stuff wouldn't be good inside a chicken.

    I use sand mixed with PDZ about a half inch deep, keep sit from sticking to board and the PD absorbs ammonia,
    sift all the poops out 2-3 times a week with 15 birds.
    Use a cut down garden hoe to help push it all into mesh basket, scrape roosts and any wet spots.

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  8. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use Sweet PDZ on the poopboard with great success. It helps absorb odor and moisture. I use a mesh paper/desk tray and a wide putty knife to "scoop".
     
  9. 88sub4x4

    88sub4x4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been using sweet pdz for a while. It works great. Dries the poop up quick and no smells. I use a small kitty litter scoop to clean mine up.
     
  10. Blooie

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    We took a piece of 1/4 inch hardware cloth we had leftover, formed one of end of it to look like a cat litter scoop, rolled the other end to make a handle, and covered the "handle" with electrical tape to protect hands. Worked amazingly well - most other methods involved either cat litter scoops which missed a lot of the smaller "crumbs" or slotted spoons and such. This one was effective and cheap!
     

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