Dry dropping board vs using Sweet PDZ

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TheSpiceGirls, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Crowing

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    I see some dropping boards just raw wood or covered w/ linoleum. And I see others that have several inches of Sweet PDZ.

    What are the advantages or disadvantages of either? I can't decide which one is right for me?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have found that if you have a board they poop on, when you go to scrape the poo, it helps a great deal to have some sand or PDZ (I favor sand now) at least sprinked across it (or in a layer if you prefer) so as to help prevent the poo from sticking to the board. I wear an N95 mask when sifting sand.

    This is especially helpful when encountering caecal poos or if someone has a touch of diarrhea.

    But when you have a tray that you take outside to scrape off, it wastes the substrate and also makes it too heavy.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2015
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  3. RichnSteph

    RichnSteph Songster

    Mar 25, 2014
    Adkins Texas
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I like the granulated PDZ mixed with some sand because:

    Reduces ammonia odor.

    Poops don't stick to the board, especially in winter......
    ........but mine is lined with heavy duty foam backed vinyl sheet flooring.

    I think the sifting is easier than scraping, some sand clings to poops keeps it from sticking to anything.

    Sand mix only needs to be about 1/2" deep....any deeper and they want to dust bathe in it.


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