I love learning about new products for backyard chicken keepers. The other day, I was contacted by the makers of Dookashi. They have created a new product to help manage chicken waste. I could not wait to learn more about Dookashi.
This small business, has found a niche in helping to keep folks’ chicken coops odor-free, eliminate flies, and kick start the composting process. I had already used other coop odor/waste products containing the active ingredient zeolite. However, I found that the zeolite absorbed the surrounding moisture from the droppings and the air. This created a damp environment in the coop, which was not good for the respiratory health of my flock. With Dookashi as a possible alternative, I was excited to give it a try and chat with the inventors.
Tell me a little bit about yourselves
We are two woman who came together to create an animal safe product that helps to control odor, promotes animal well being and improve waste management. We live in the Washington state where conditions can be very wet at times due to our annual rainfall. It was important that we brought to market a product that helped to keep odors down, especially for urban chicken keepers. However, soon enough, we discovered that Dookashi was so much more!
Where did you start out?
We began creating Dookashi in our garage. As the business has grown we have grown into a manufacturing facility to meet product demands. We are proudly made in the USA and feature all natural ingredients.
How did the concept arise?
It arose out of pure necessity. We had a period of time when the local refuse company went on strike. Suddenly, the animal waste was piling up for city folks. We needed to create a product that helped to keep odors down and begin the waste composting process.
Can other animal owners use this product?
Dookashi has been formulated for use in kitty litter boxes, horse stalls, chicken coops, rabbit hutches, guinea pig and ferret cages to name a few.
I was sent a bag of Dookashi and immediately put it to work. As directed I cleaned out the entire chicken coop and then sprinkled a bit on the coop’s clean bedding. I focused especially underneath the roosts where most of the dropping accumulate overnight. I must say that even in the hottest of summer temperatures, the flies seem to be less and the odor is virtually non-existent when I go in to tidy up in the mornings and in the late afternoon to collect eggs. I also love the fact that unlike the zeolite that absorbs moisture, I have not noticed any added moisture to the bedding using the Dookashi.
I also conducted another experiment. I took a scoop of Dookashi and added it to a 5 gallon bucket of fresh manure ready for the compost pile. Within a day, the ammonia smell had dissipated. I was really surprised that it worked so quickly. In fact, adding Dookashi to the compost pile is a great way to help it break down faster.
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