1. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    What ever you want it to be.
    I now use straight PDZ in a thin(<1/8") layer and sift all of it daily.
     
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    blackdog043 Crowing

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    I use straight PDZ also, I never mixed it with sand. I start with 1/4 - 1/2" then add more when it needs it. I usually buy a couple bags when TSC has it on sale for $8.99. If I'm real lucky, it might be on sale and also 10% off with the neighbors club.

    This is my scraping, scooping, sifting and leveling arsenal. The board has 1/2" eye hooks in the bottom, I tilt it as the PDZ gets less, to smooth it out. Sifting with the basket gets all the finer poops out.

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  3. doublecrossranch

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    What are the eye hooks for?
     
  4. doublecrossranch

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    And where did you get the sifter
     
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    blackdog043 Crowing

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    My poop board is 24" x 12' I hold the top of the leveling board and run it over the PDZ, so it is smoothed out easily, after I scoop and sift. The eye hooks keep the board above the PDZ. The sifter is a wire basket, found in the office section at Walmart.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I do much the same.
    At first, 5 years ago:
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/6...raphic-gross-poop-pictures/1100#post_13179595
    Then later:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...s-poop-pictures.621363/page-178#post-18966048
     
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  7. I wouldn’t put straw bales around the base as that’s likely to end up attracting rodents looking for a comfy winter home.
     
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    doublecrossranch Songster

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    I am revisiting this issue since it’s getting into the 40’s now. The metal coop was the same temp inside as outside. It’s fine now but what about when the windchill is -15?
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Windchill affects skin, not sure how it affects metal.
     
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    doublecrossranch Songster

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    I’m just saying if it’s no warmer in the coop than outside shouldn’t I add interior walls or insulation or something
     

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