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Fresh Coop Odor Control

What Is Fresh Coop Odor Control?

Fresh Coop Odor Control is a neutralizer that eliminates the harmful ammonia levels, controls and kills the odours in the area(s), and absorbs any moisture that might be in, around, or beside your Chicken Coop. The Fresh Coop Odor Control not only helps improve the smell of the area in and around your Chicken Coop, but it also makes the area feel tidier and under control.

What Can It Do?

Fresh Coop Odor Control provides the latest innovation and technology within the livestock industry that provides one of the best odor neutralizers out in the marketplace. Our product combines natural Food Chemical Codex Grade Diatomaceous Earth, along with Calcium Montmorillonite and non-GMO Citric Acid. This allows our Fresh Coop Odor Control to eliminate all harmful ammonia levels, control the odor in the surrounding area, and absorbs all of the moisture that is built up in your backyard chicken coop. Thus, your chickens and your chicken coop will be a healthier and cleaner environment.

Our Fresh Coop Odor Control can also be used with and around backyard chickens, pullets, layers, quail, ducks, turkeys, pigeons, and pheasants. If there is an animal that is not listed here that you are curious about whether or not our Fresh Coop Odor Control can be used with, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. It would be our pleasure to give you advice and more information on our product. Let’s see whether or not Fresh Coop Odor Control is for you and your chickens!

Where Can I Get It?

You can purchase and learn more about our Fresh Coop Odor Control on our website. If you have any specific questions, concerns, or thoughts, please reach out to us over here. Someone will be in contact with you shortly to answer all of your inquiries.

Here is a video from our YouTube Channel ‘Absorbent Products Ltd.‘ about Fresh Coop Odor Control to learn about the product more in-depth.
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Dust Bath

What Is A Dust Bath?

Dust Baths are a way for chickens to keep themselves clean; hence, the word bath. The Dust Bath is a way for the chickens to clean and maintain their feathers to make sure they are in top condition. During the Dust Bath, all of the dust is worked into the bird’s feathers and coats their entire body. All of the dust will absorb any and all of the excess oil, which will help keep the feathers from becoming greasy, matted, and parched.

Using Fresh Coop Dust Bath

Before you start putting together a Dust Bath for your chickens, make sure that you have purchased the Fresh Coop Dust Bath. Once you have purchased your Fresh Coop Dust Bath, you are now ready to make your chicken’s Dust Bath experience that much better!

  1. Firstly, make sure that you have an area of dirt or sand that is there before you put down any Fresh Coop Dust Bath on an area. In addition, this area should be around 2-3″ inches deep, which will allow your chickens to properly have their Dust Bath and absorb all of the materials. If your flock is already free-range, then you can put down the Fresh Coop Dust Bath in an already existing area that your chickens use.
  2. Pour a layer of Fresh Coop Dust Bath on the area that you have already made and prepared for your chickens. This layer of Fresh Coop will blend and mix together with the existing area of dust and sand as your chickens start to have their Dust Bath.
  3. Keep an eye on your chickens when they are having their Dust Bath to make sure that you have put down enough Fresh Coop Dust Bath in their area. If you feel that you have not put enough Fresh Coop Dust Bath down in their area, then you can carefully add some down. The more you set up Dust Baths for your chickens, the better you will get at judging how much Fresh Coop Dust Bath that you will need to add to your chicken’s bath area.
  4. Lastly, if you are planning on putting together regular Fresh Coop Dust Baths for your chickens, then you will need to have a designated area such as an existing area around the coop or a container that you have specifically for Dust Baths. This will the dirt or sand you have in that area to constantly be absorbed with the Fresh Coop Dust Bath, which will allow you to not have to put down too much Fresh Coop Dust Bath each time your chickens have a Dust Bath.

Fresh Coop Dust Bath Product

You can purchase Fresh Coop Dust Bath for your chickens from us directly on our website right here. To learn more about Fresh Coop Dust Bath and what it can offer you and your chickens, please check out the FAQ on the product page, which is at the bottom of the page. This will help answer any other questions that you might have about Fresh Coop Dust Bath, Dust Baths, where you can purchase this product, etc.

Learn More About Fresh Coop Dust Baths

Check out our video on our YouTube channel, Absorbent Products Ltd., to learn more about Dust Baths for your chickens.
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Fresh Coop Chicken Grit

What Is Fresh Coop Chicken Grit?

Fresh Coop Egg Layer Grit is a soluble grit that is as effective as any Calcium Supplement for backyard layers that are 18 weeks old or even older than that. This product allows your chickens to easily swallow down their food since they do not have teeth to chew and breakdown any materials they put into their beak. You even have the choice of purchasing Fresh Coop Egg Layer Grit with either coarse grain or free-choice.

Why Is It Important?

It allows the eggs to stay strong and healthy in the chicken coop, along with having quality hard eggshells. Fresh Coop Egg Layer Grit offers a high source of natural calcium for the chickens, which allows them to lay strong eggs, instead of soft, thin-layered eggs that show a lack of calcium in your chickens. Keeping your chicken’s calcium intake up will ensure that your chickens will continually lay high-quality, healthy eggs. In addition, this product is exclusively for your chickens only. Make sure that you do not feed the Fresh Coop Egg Layer Grit to your Roosters or any other barn animal that you have, as this will not benefit their dietary needs or general health.

Where Can I Purchase?

You can learn more about Fresh Coop Chicken Grit, as well as use our store locator for this product on our website. If you have any other questions around this product, please do not hesitate to reach out to us as we would love to answer any of your questions. Please note that this product is only availa

Learn more about calcium supplement for your layers and why it’s an essential asset for your chicken coop here in our video. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel Absorbent Products Ltd. to stay up to date with what we are up to!

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Cleaning Your Coop

If you own chickens, then you will understand the importance of taking care of everything that comes with having chickens; including, taking care of their coop. When it comes to cleaning your coop(s) and keeping your chickens healthy and happy, Fresh Coop Chicken Products can help you get that job done. It’s very important that you do a thorough and deep clean your chicken coop at least once or twice a year to allow your chickens to have a beneficial environment for them to thrive and grow. We will give you a rundown of how to clean your chicken coop since it’s way easier than you think and very straightforward to maintain with our Fresh Coop Odor Control.

Rundown On Cleaning Your Coop

  1. Clean Out The Entire Coop: Take the time to clear out all of the dirt, feathers, bird droppings, and any other build-up of materials that are in your coop. Depending on the size of your coop, this could take a decent amount of time. Make sure you wear a dust mask and protective eyewear while cleaning up your chicken coop.
  2. Place A Layer Of Fresh Coop Odor Control: After you have cleaned out your coop, we recommend that you place a layer of our Fresh Coop Odor Control, which will help keep the odor and moisture down, making both you and your chickens happy.
  3. Place Down A Fresh Bedding Layer: Once you have a layer of Fresh Coop Odor Control in your chicken coop, you will then be able to place down a layer or two of fresh bedding. The layer of fresh bedding will not stick to the bottom of your chicken coop, thanks to the high-quality materials used in the product, which makes future cleans even easier since the materials can be disposed of quickly.

Cleaning Your Coop vs. Deep Clean

Cleaning Your Coop: When it comes to maintaining your coop every couple of weeks, we recommend you to dispose of all the of the droppings and any other buildup that has developed over a week or two. After that task is completed, you can then replace the old bedding with fresh, quality bedding material.

Deep Clean: At least once or twice a year, you will need to go through your chicken coop and conduct a thorough deep clean. This deep clean will allow you to clear out, disinfect, and make your chicken coop as good as new for your chickens, as well as fully preparing your coop for the winter and spring seasons. There is a lot more information and steps when it comes to deep cleaning your chicken coop, compared to cleaning your coop every few weeks, which we will share in a future blog post.

Walkthrough Video Of Cleaning Your Coop

Learn more about ‘Cleaning your Coop’ in this video featuring Teil and Chet & B’s Coop.

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Managing Ammonia With Horses

Diatomaceous earth to manage ammonia levels can be a helpful tool in the upkeep and care of horses. DE is the fossilized remains of tiny algae organisms called diatoms. Mined and milled from thousand-year-old lakes and oceans, diatomaceous earth is made primarily of silica and other valuable trace minerals including magnesium, calcium, sodium, and iron. As a naturally porous substance, DE is a beneficial agent for managing and removing moisture from spaces that is not detrimental to animals and livestock that come in contact with it.

In addition to the other notable uses of using DE in maintaining a happy, clean barn. Adding it to your daily upkeep routine has the ability to maintain and neutralize the buildup of ammonia for both the comfort and health of your horses.

An all-natural solution for preventing ammonia

Diatomaceous earth (DE) reduces build-up and controls odours, Stall Dry bedding freshener is a non-toxic, non-caustic and completely safe formula for your horse barn. By absorbing offending odours and moisture, there is also a reduction in the growth of bacteria, viruses, and insects, including house flies and darkling beetles.

Safe to use on dirt, rubber, metal, wood, and concrete surfaces to reduce unwanted odours and save money. A mixture of clay and natural blend of food-grade DE. The Stall Dry formula is perfect for the natural reduction and neutralization of ammonia buildup. High concentrations of ammonia in the air irritates the sensitive mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth increasing the susceptibility of animals to various respiratory infections. Most studies implicate finer particulate and endotoxins in the air as the primary factors. Managing ammonia concentrations at the floor level is where it is much higher. Horses are exposed to a concentrated dose of ammonia when sleeping or resting.

When used as a daily part of your maintenance routine, you can even lower bedding costs and reduce cleanup time by reducing the moisture overall. Manure is more comfortable to spread and has improved fertility value when spread on fields, with the DE itself aiding in composting.

To use Absorbent Products’ Stall Dry in your horse barn for effective ammonia maintenance and control, simply shake a moderate amount of product on the recently cleaned stall floor before laying down fresh bedding.

Where to purchase Stall Dry

  • Purchase Stall Dry for managing ammonia levels in your barn, please visit any reputable feed and agricultural supply stores throughout the United States and Canada. If your local feed store does not carry it, please ask them to bring it in for you.

Click here to find a distributor in your area (US distribution only). If you are in Canada or are unable to locate a distributor in your area, please contact us!

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Diatomaceous Earth To Treat Goat Lice, Ticks & Fleas

Pest Populations Bloom In Early Spring & Late Winter

Goats can be host to two varieties of lice, both non-transmittable to humans as they are specific to the species but are highly contagious to other goats making them difficult, but not impossible, to eradicate. The two varieties of ticks goats are susceptible to are those that bite, and those who suck. Using food-grade diatomaceous earth to effectively manage and prevent a lice infestation can ensure your goats have a happy, healthy pest free life.

Early spring and late winter are when lice, tick & flea populations tend to bloom in numbers more rapidly. Whereas in the summer when you can keep your goat’s hair short, and the sun can keep pest numbers down – winter and spring infestations will likely take some additional intervention. While lice, tick & fleas are not life-threatening to healthy goats, they are uncomfortable and irritating to their skin, occasionally causing hair loss and potential anemia.

Symptoms Show Before The Bugs

A pest infestation is more often diagnosed by its symptoms rather than initial visual confirmation of the pests. If you part your goat’s hair, especially the hairs along their back, you will see small red headed bugs with brownish or yellow bodies. Biting lice variety will scurry out of view, the sucking lice will remain latched.

Pest eggs, nits, hatch about every 7 days, so treatment should be every 7 to 10 days as well until no signs of the nits or adult bugs are present. Take the time to choose the treatment you choose no only repels lice, tick & flea but also prevents the eggs from hatching and/or thriving.

Shaving To Control, Diatomaceous Earth To Prevent

To manage your pest population, shaving your goat’s fur as short as possible. With nothing to hold on to or to protect them from the sun, and the lice cannot survive. After shaving, clean out all the old bedding in their barn. Spreading a food-grade diatomaceous earth product like our Last Crawl™ Insect DEstroyer Insecticide Powder as a physical insecticide
that will not have any effect on the goats.

While no one looks forward to a lice, tick & flea infestation, these creatures are anything but indestructible. With a little preparation, regular treatment, and cleaning of their living spaces your goats will be able to live their best pest-free lives.

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Diatomaceous Earth To Aid In Composting

Diatomaceous Earth used in a home compost pile with tolls surrounding it.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a naturally occurring substance mined from specific lakebed deposits. Made up of fossilized single-celled planktonic algae called diatoms, the silica-rich shells of these microscopic organisms give this chalk-like substance exceptional porosity and abrasive property. With many commercial, agricultural and household uses, DE can even play a pivotal role in the health of your backyard compost pile!

Below is a collection of consumer tested application methods in which consumers have used diatomaceous earth like our Stall Dry product to help them with their at-home composting.

Unprocessed manure and compost piles can play host to the larvae of many types of flies. Most, like the common housefly, are harmless, since they do not often bite humans or animals, or carry harmful diseases. Outside of utilizing the pest control power of backyard chickens, the potential for a build-up of potentially harmful maggots could potentially contaminate your composting efforts. A simple sprinkle of a food-grade Diatomaceous Earth-based insecticide will keep your compost pile happy.

Due to its inert nature, Diatomaceous Earth can also be used as a chemical-free deodorant for your compost pile. With smells often being caused by an abundance of wet ingredients like kitchen wastes and fallen fruit, the absorbent nature of DE will allow you to deodorize the pile making it easier to integrate its use into your day-to-day life. 

As it only affects hard-bodied insects, peppering a light sprinkle of food-grade Diatomaceous Earth on the top-layer of your composting bin will allow you to manage pests and fruit-flies from your compost pile while still creating a nurturing and safe environment for your worms. Many people also find adding DE to worming compost can aid in some beneficial digesting and grinding of the food for the worms while benefiting the soil as it contains many good trace minerals.

*When using DE in your working compost be sure to use sparingly and do not mix in so that it does not pull too much moisture from the worms ecosystem.

Rodents like mice, moles, and rats can wreck your garden compost in no time, and if you don’t want to harm them, Diatomaceous Earth is here to help. Rodents hate the strong smells of essential oils like peppermint and lemon citrus and as Diatomaceous Earth is an excellent absorbent. These two ingredients can be combined to create the most potent organic rodent repellent that can keep the rodents at bay when sprinkled around the perimeter of your composting bin.

For a full list of items we suggest you add to your compost bin (in addition to DE) we have sourced a list from our customers on the blog. 

Now you’re ready to compost!

Please note: Stall DRY can also be added directly to the compost to help keep down the odor and absorb any excess liquid (just be sure not to add too much Stall DRY, as you want the compost to keep a wet/dry balance).

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WINTER ESSENTIALS

COZY HORSE BLANKET

To ensure a horse will be comfortable outside in cold climates, they should be healthy and have a thick, dry and clean hair coat. Healthy horses develop natural winter coat as the days become shorter and temperatures become colder.

Blanketing a horse may be  necessary when no shelter is available and temperatures or wind chill drops below 5 F (-15 C). 

If a horse is blanketed, it is critical that you have a properly fitted blanket for your horse. When the blanket does not fit properly it can lead to sores and rub marks, especially along the straps. When your horses are wearing a blanket, it is important to remove the blanket daily, and inspect your horse for rub marks, and sores. Adjust the blanket accordingly to reduce any rub marks. Ensure that your horse is dry before putting a blanket on.

Another time when it may become necessary for a horse to wear a winter blanket is when the horse has had its winter coat clipped, when the horse is young or older, and when the horse hasn’t had the opportunity to acclimatize to the cold weather.

You will also need to consider the health and body condition of your horse. It is a good idea to blanket your horse during the cold weather if the body condition score of your horse is 3 or less.COZY

FRESH WATER

A horse can easily become dehydrated in the cold weather when it does not have access to fresh or unfrozen water. Horses that do not have access to water can quickly start to lose body weight and show symptoms of dehydration. Symptoms may include dry mucous membranes, sunken eyes, slow capillary refill, tucked up appearance and loss of elasticity in skin. The horse will also start reducing feed intake and may ultimately refuse to eat.

A heated water bucket, heater in water troughs, and a heated automatic watered are options to provide unfrozen water. Without heaters, make sure the ice is broken on the horse’s water supply. When you are using a submergible electric water heater in a water trough, you will need to check daily to ensure the heating element is on and there is no stray voltage.

You may find that some horses do not like the water heaters and prefer to have a fresh bucket of water offered to them.

SHELTER

Horses can withstand significant drops in temperature provided they have some protection from the wind and wet (rain/sleet) conditions.  Snow is tolerated much better than rain and sleet with the insulation of a healthy winter coat.  Unfortunately not much helps with keeping your horse comfortable during rainy weather or sleet.  When rain and sleet wets the hair down the insulating capacity of the coat is less effective.  Wind chills coupled with a wet coat can lead to the potential of hypothermia.  

Sheltering a horse during times of rain or sleet is the best option to keep your horse safe.  A full barn is not required to shelter your horse.  You can use for a tree line wind break, a three sided shed or an enclosed barn and stalls that may or may not be heated. 

For enclosed barns, it must be adequately ventilated to prevent respiratory issues.  Proper ventilation will help to prevent the accumulation of ammonia and mold levels.  as well as help  to reduce humidity and moisture levels.  

Considerations when using a  three sided shed with a group of horses:

  • adequate size – 12×20 feet with horses that get along
  • each additional horse needs an additiona 6×10 feet
  • the size of the horse may require less or more space
  • regular cleaning routine

Establishing a regular routine, while using the proper tools when cleaning the stalls will make winter stall maintenance an easier task. Each type of bedding has advantages and disadvantages.  The primary purpose of bedding is to absorb urine and moisture.  Other  considerations include:

  •  space available to shelter your horse
  • dust and allergies
  • waste disposal
  • availability
  • cost and effectivness
 

BEDDING OPTIONS

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Protecting the Harvest

Protecting the Havrvest

GRAIN STORAGE AND DIATOMACEOUS EARTH

Fall is upon us once again. 
For millennia, this season of harvest means it’s time to store the
summer’s abundance for a long dark winter ahead.  People have used granaries for over eleven
thousand years; archaeological excavations in the Jordan Valley near the Dead
Sea have revealed storage structures at least that old.  In today’s world, grain storage can vary
between a few pounds and several thousand tonnes, depending on the facility.  Large or small, grain storage can pose
problems that are minimized by careful planning and preparation.

Structural hygiene is an important first step in good grain
management.  Buildings, structures and
grain bins should be well-maintained and inspected regularly for signs of pest
intrusion and excess moisture problems. Eliminating weeds and shrubbery from
the outside of granaries will reduce pest harborages. Sealing any cracks and
crevices in and around grain bins is crucial to prevent intruders. 

One of the biggest threats to successful grain storage is
excess moisture, according to the University of Kentucky – College of
Agriculture.  Wet or damp grain will rot,
and spoilage can spread quickly throughout a bin. The Grains Research and
Development Corporation of Australia recommends treating stored grains with
diatomaceous earth (DE) as a protective measure. 

Using DE has the dual advantage of controlling both moisture
and insects.   The microscopic porous
structure of DE is sponge-like, absorbing moisture from grains. This absorbent
property is also effective as an insecticide. 
The mode of action is mechanical, not chemical; DE kills the insects by
desiccation, after abrading their waxy exoskeletons.

The use of diatomaceous earth can reduce or eliminate the
need for strong chemical fumigants. 
These insecticidal gases are very useful for grain protection.  However, they are toxic, must be applied by
trained professionals, and can only be used after an infestation has occurred.
DE treatments can help prevent insects, and in turn the need for
fumigation.  In cases like this, an ounce
of prevention really is worth a pound of cure!

Interestingly, our long tradition of grain storage has had a
profound side effect for human-animal relationships.  It is widely theorized that wild cats first
became accustomed to humans via rodent-hunting around grain bins. Both species
soon realized the advantages of cooperation: cats provide the pest control and
in return are rewarded with shelter, protection and affection.  The human-feline love affair has continued since.

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The Dangers of Hydrated Lime

Ammonia can be very dangerous to the health of both animals and people. Studies have concluded that even low levels of ammonia can cause stress to an animal’s respiratory system. It is therefore extremely important to control ammonia within confined spaces.

For many years people have used and continue to use hydrated lime to help rid their barns and stables of ammonia and the smell that accompanies it. However, studies have found that hydrated lime may be doing more harm than good. In fact, specialists at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University concluded that hydrated lime increases the alkalinity of litter and, in fact, creates more ammonia by converting ammonium into ammonia gas!

Not only is hydrated lime a very short-term solution (that only works to cover up the smell of ammonia) but it can also be a very dangerous product to use. If high concentrations of hydrated lime dust are inhaled, irritation to the respiratory tract will occur. Dermatitis can result from prolonged exposure and repeated skin contact and a risk of severe and permanent eye damage exists if hydrated lime comes in contact with the eyes. The product can cause burns in the presence of moisture and will cause irritation of the gastrointestinal tract when ingested. Personal protective equipment should be worn at all times when using hydrated lime.

Alternatives to hydrated lime, such as Barn Fresh, are all natural and safe solutions that will work to absorb liquids and ammonia. Barn Fresh, for example, contains diatomaceous earth and calcium bentonite, making it safe to use with all types of animals, even if ingested.

Natural products like Barn Fresh are much more effective and safer to use than hydrated lime.

Image by Jamie Skelton