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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sherol, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. Sherol

    Sherol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For those that use PDZ what size mesh will allow the sand thru and catch the feces? I use a litter scooper with some mesh you get when you buy a bag of onions and it is not catching enough. Do I need 1/8" or 1/4" screen?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    I use a kitchen colander.
     
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a mesh paper tray (the kind used in an office). It has 3 vertical sides so scooping is easy. I bought it at a bargiin store for around $3. I also use a wide putty knife to "load" the tray.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I use an organizer tray, works great.
    If you wanted to make one I would go with 1/8" mesh.

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  5. Sherol

    Sherol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got an organizer tray and it works great.. does leave some fine pieces still in the PDZ. Is there a complete removal and re-adding new on the horizon? Think will go quite a while before needing that. Tried a kitchen strainer but too fine.. did not let a lot of the PDZ through.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I don't worry about it, you can't get every speck of poop out...what's left in there will dry out it will never cause an odor.
    I keep my sand PDZ mix only 1/2" deep, never remove and replace just add some more cause some is removed when sifting and some gets scratched off the boards.
     
  7. Sherol

    Sherol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is about how deep mine is and I like it that way. Will just add some fresh now and then I guess. Stuff is a bit dusty to work with but really like how nice it cleans up.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Once it's 'not so fresh', it'll still kill odors but not be so dusty.
    You are using the granular PDZ and not the powdered, right?
    I also mix mine with bagged, washed and kiln dried sand...that saves some money and cuts the dust a bit too.
    Whistle while you sift....lol...too blow the dust way from your face.
     
  9. Sherol

    Sherol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Granules and just straight.. wasn't sure wanted sand. Like it is compostable .. is that a word.. lol. There is no odor and am probably going to bring some PDZ in the house for the litter box
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Neither sand or PDZ will hurt a compost, but neither will 'break down' as they are minerals not vegetables.
     

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