WHAT IS SWEET PDZ?
Sweet PDZ is a brand name of zeolite- a naturally-occurring mineral created from volcanic activity, which captures, neutralizes and eliminates harmful ammonia and odors while absorbing more than half its weight in moisture.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey
This image of zeolite is a work of the "Minerals in Your World" project, a cooperative effort between
A 1,000 pound horse produces approximately 51 lbs of manure (feces plus urine) per day. The average laying hen produces approximately 1/4 lb of manure per day. If horse keepers swear by zeolite for its superior moisture and odor control, chicken keepers can use it to their advantage as well.
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grit, which aids in digestion. It also makes droppings drier and smell less!
Sweet PDZ acts as a compost enhancement and slow-release fertilizer in gardens. Here’s the Chem 101 breakdown of how it does that: ammonia gas molecules stick to the surface of the Sweet PDZ granule and when the granule dries out, the ammonia molecule is driven off the surface of the granule as nitrogen, creating a slow release nitrogen/potassium fertilizer.
VERSATILE & SAFE
Zeolite can be used with all litter types, including sand and pine shavings. It provides additional absorbency, allowing litter to perform more efficiently and last longer.
Safe to handle with bare hands. Safe to breathe and use without a respirator, unlike diatomaceous earth, which I do not recommend around chickens at all. Read why in this article.
Sand with a sprinkle of Sweet PDZ on top.
HOW TO USE SWEET PDZ
(more than you might need to know)
Empirical Formula: (K,Ca,Na) 20-AL203-10Si02-6H20
Chemical Family: Molecular Sieve
Mineral name: Potassium-Calcium-Sodium-Aluminosilicate (more generally called, hydrated aluminosilicates)
Synonym: Clinoptilolite aka Clino (This is one of forty-eight varieties of natural occurring zeolite minerals)
UNIQUE MINERAL FUNCTIONS
CATION EXCHANGE is the liquid exchange function of the odor neutralization process of Sweet PDZ. A sodium or potassium cation from the zeolite crystal hydrolyzes (goes into the liquid/urine/urates) and the ammonium is exchanged, becoming part of the crystal.