Cleaning poop boards

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by yyz0yyz0, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    Have a question regarding my poop boards. I have deep litter in the coop and poop boards with Sweet PDZ under the roosts. Every couple days I use a litter scoop and clean the poop out of the sweet pdz.
    Every couple weeks I take a finer screen scoop and sift through the sweet pdz to get more of the smaller poop chips that fall through my litter scoop. After this cleaning the sweet pdz appears almost new, although I'm sure that there is always some pieces left over. I've had these boards installed and filled with the same sweet pdz for 5months now, I have added new sweet pdz as it gets low.

    Ok, now to the question: Do the poop boards need a complete empty and refresh with new sweet pdz or can I just keep going like this as long as they appear clean and not filled with poop?
  2. McKinneyMike

    McKinneyMike Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2013
    McKinney, TX
    Are you noticing any nasty smells? If not the PDZ is still working.
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    POOP BOARDS are the "BEST" addition yet. Handles well over ½ of the poop in my set up keeps ammonia smell in check 3½" below roost excellent for catching eggs laid through the night (roost are in cups for easier removal and cleaning). I recently friction fit a piece of vinyl flooring over my poop makes clean up even easier; Pop out; Scrap; Hose; Pop in.

    Nest boxes
    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new.

    Easy peasy!.



  4. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2013
    I've just been adding to my poop board PDZ. I don't think I'll replace it completely but will make that decision in the spring when I do a deep cleaning.
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I have had my PDZ on my boards for just over a year now. I have never emptied them, only put a fresh bag or two in occasionally to refresh them.
  6. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    I guess I was worried about parasites or something like that if the boards were not completely cleaned and fresh unused PDZ was placed back in them. My boards are removable, it's just that it will be a big job to remove and reinstall them so I was hoping that it's not something that needs to be done often.

    So far they are working great, although it's kind of freaky to see some of the weird poops that are dropped in them occasionally. They get scooped every couple days and the pdz looks like new after a cleaning. Sometimes there is a real wet spot and I just stir it around and mix it into the rest and it dries right out.
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  8. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Westfield, Indiana
    Poop boards are nice to have under roost bars. I would sift or scape the board daily on your rounds to the coop. My board is scraped into a dust pan and then I occasionally will dust the board with DE or Sweet PDZ to keep things dry. I would think that sifting is adequate and replace material now and then. If you have strong odors even after daily cleaning then open more vents in the coop.

  9. ampho

    ampho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2013
    Northern NJ
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2013
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  10. MyLittleRedCoop

    MyLittleRedCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2012
    My Coop
    I've been using the same poop board set up with Sweet PDZ. I absolutely love it!!
    I've had mine set up for about a year and have only had to add a couple bags to keep the levels up. No smell at all and the wood underneath is still untouched by poo. :)

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