Originally Posted by Gorman Farm
thanks for the tip, our coop is so large I think I would need a truck load of sand.
Wanted to check in to see how your Meleagris Mansion was progressing (our turks will not get to see pics as they'd be submitting requests for a transfer).
We also use sand as a base in the turkey shed (grain diameter consistent with that of Quikrete Commercial Grade - medium/coarse), call around to local quarries/concrete Co.'s - will usually be pretty cheap in bulk, even when delivered. Depending on your soil type, amendment of soil with sand will make cleanup much easier and keep you all & turks much cleaner. Our runs are on a slight slope and fencing on "low" side is bordered by large rocks - hard rains move sand to low side and then it is just raked back up further into run.
We use ~4" of sand in shed as base dressed by wood chips (no sawdust) and straw. Our flooring consists of a large remnant of Congoleum over treated .75" treated plywood. We started out with just wood chips & straw but when the turks would fly down from roost (2"x4") they'd land near doorway and slide out into run on their butts (too slippery), added sand and that fixed the problem. In early Spring we just clean out shed and replace (granted, our shed is only 7'x8'). Discarded chips and straw go to compost pile or added to "cover" in berry patches and the sand is just pushed out door and raked around run.
Also, want to put in a good word for folding plastic infant fences (had several stored in garage as grand kids no longer required them) as we used those for poult pens (covered with 1"x2" welded wire held down by bricks) so we'd just place a towel in bottom of cardboard box, tranfer two week old (and up) poults from brooder to box, cover box with towel and carry them to their "yard pen" on warm (80°F+) days - and the pen was easy to move around (don't leave them out when temp drops).
Other use for infant fence? Separating (only works for a week - poults start flying over - but useful in the interim)
Without the sand in runs - it's clay for everyone! in late winter ground melt (yeah, took addition of quite a bit during first 4 yrs - now all it takes is the addition of the Spring cleanout sand from shed)
placement of run roosts in corners of run allows one to get creative with tarps over W/N run fencing in winter (pull edges of tarp up over top of fencing where roosts are - some "cover" when all want to be out during ice storms