Mike Jay wrote:Cool stuff! I use a poop shelf but just sprinkle pine planer shavings on it every day or two. The birds knock it off onto the floor where it becomes part of the "deep litter". Is PDZ a brand name or does it stand for something?
Sweet PDZ is a Natural Earth Product - Premium Grade Clinoptilolite better know as zeolite.
Sweet PDZ is an all-natural, non-hazardous and non-toxic mineral. It captures, neutralizes and eliminates harmful levels of ammonia and odors. Sweet PDZ is a far superior alternative to lime products for ammonia removal and moisture absorption. Plus, now Sweet PDZ is Organic Certified through OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute)
Jim Guinn wrote:Lucrecia, that's exactly what I did in my chicken coop when I built it in 2013. The PDZ is great.
Jim Guinn wrote:
We only kept chickens for 3 years. I got tired of hawks and foxes getting them. The last straw was one night when a raccoon pried open the chicken door, got in and slaughtered a bunch of my heritage breed chickens. We gave the rest of them away. We removed their protected run and put in a garden, and we turned the coop into a garden storage shed....but, that Black Jack is still going strong!
Jim Guinn wrote:For the first year, I only let the chickens access their protected run. The second year I started letting them free range. That is when I started having problems with hawks and foxes when the chickens would venture out into the field. So, I fenced in a very large area outside their protected run for them to free range. It had a lot of shrubs and bushes where they could hide. The fence kept the foxes out, and I ran fishing string every few feet above the area. (Hawks do not land vertically...they swoop in. The fishing string was enough to keep them out.) At night, the chickens would come back into their protected run and I would close the door via a long rope that was tied to my deck. Then, they would go into the coop and the electric door to the coop would close down after dusk. I had some problems with the electric door going into the coop, and before I fixed it, I just propped it open figuring the door into their run gave enough protection. Well, that's the door the raccoon pried open. Once into the run, he had easy access to the coop.
We never sold our eggs. We gave 90% of them away to friends, family and co-workers. We started to feel like we were paying for their breakfasts after a while. You know feed and other needs tends to add up. We do miss sitting on the deck and watching the chickens. At some point I will build a much smaller coop and run and just get 2-3 chickens for our needs.