How do you scoop the poop out of the sand in the coop?

Rldad1

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Try a reptile scoop. I use one for my poop boards. Holes are small and my PDZ flows right through. 10 min at most to clean two trays.
 

Ted Brown

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Dec 12, 2018
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My Coop
I do not use sand rather Sweet PDZ on a drop board; I am not sure how the granuality of PDZ compares to sand but I think it is similar. I tried multiple cat scoops, does a job but no banana.

@aart recommended using mesh desk organizers from Bed and Beyond and they are brilliant! Qualification is that I am dealing with an area of 4' by 10' raised off the floor about 30"; a larger area and on the ground perhaps would be tedious one would have to try.

I use a large plastic scoop with a small scraper to pull the poop into the scoop and then dump it into the mesh organizer. I then pick up the organizer and gently shake it back and forth. The PDZ falls through the mesh everything stays behind. I then dump it into a plastic bucket and dump that into an outside composer. Takes maybe 5 minutes, retains even the smaller bits that simply fall through a cat scoop. Believe me it works!!

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/s/org-powder-coated-mesh-organizer?ta=typeahead
 

yakitori

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I use a kitty litter scoop in my bedding which is pine pellet, not sand. My coop is small though. I would recommend you to use a poop board that’s above ground so they don’t scratch the poop back in, also keeps the cleaning in one area :D


Love this bedding by the way. $5 a bag and that bag will probably last me a year and more. it’s organic and absorbs liquid like no
body’s business. It dries out the poop, and coats it for a nice scoopable package. I also dry my coffee grounds and add that in periodically - The coop smells great! When it needs to be changed out, I will simply toss it in the compost. I don’t see that happening anytime soon though!
 
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