Change Sweet PDZ to straw/shavings for winter?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by meandthegals, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. meandthegals

    meandthegals In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2014
    Star Idaho
    Background: I live in Southern Idaho (Star) and I use Sweet PDZ or ZEO in my coop.

    Should I change it out to straw or shavings for the winter?

  2. emmajane07

    emmajane07 Chirping

    Aug 13, 2014
    You do your whole coop in PDZ? I thought that was just sprinkled to keep odors down. I am putting leaves in my coop for the winter, with a little pine shavings (no cedar). Hopefully someone can chime in who uses straw/hay. :)
  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    The only place I use Sweet PDZ is on the poop board. I use a combination of pine shavings, leaves, grass clippings, straw, garden waste, etc on the floor of the coop and run. The chickens burrow in it when it's cold in winter and dig hollows and lay in them with their wings spread out wide when it's hot outside. I don't think that using PDZ on the floor of the coop would offer them much warmth in the winter, but it is certainly your call and you should do whatever you are comfortable with. For me, the PDZ on the poop board plus the deep litter on the floors keeps my coop odor free, and that works for me.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Same here PDZ on the poop boards only, oh and what gets kicked off the boards onto the floor.
    ~2-3 inches of kiln dried pine shavings on insulated floor....gets to about 5-6 inches by winters end from adding extra when it's get really cold.

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