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post #11 of 14

Actually, sand acts as a heat sink and can mediate the outside temps. I have sand in my coops and runs, and it was ten degrees warmer in the run than outside this morning. (ten below at day break). When the sun comes out, it shines down through the translucent roof panels and raises the temp inside the run even more.

 

One thing I've done is to fill feed sacks with straw and the chickens lay about on them, getting up off the ground. The sacks are a big hit year round for chicken lounging.

 

But don't be concerned about cold chicken feet. Birds have the ability to cool the blood going down to their feet, thereby equalizing the temperature difference between their feet and the ground, minimizing discomfort. Too bad humans don't have that advantage on days like this.

post #12 of 14
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Actually, sand acts as a heat sink and can mediate the outside temps. I have sand in my coops and runs, and it was ten degrees warmer in the run than outside this morning. (ten below at day break). When the sun comes out, it shines down through the translucent roof panels and raises the temp inside the run even more.

 

One thing I've done is to fill feed sacks with straw and the chickens lay about on them, getting up off the ground. The sacks are a big hit year round for chicken lounging.

 

But don't be concerned about cold chicken feet. Birds have the ability to cool the blood going down to their feet, thereby equalizing the temperature difference between their feet and the ground, minimizing discomfort. Too bad humans don't have that advantage on days like this.

The bags sound like a great idea!

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Poultry are my most favorite farm animal, and the most amusing!

I am the proud owner of 14 Isa Browns, 1 German Shepherd-Great Pyrenees guardian dog (in my photos),3 Silkies, 1 adorable orange tabby cat named Annie Perbu, and 31 chicks which include Bantams and ISA Browns.

My weakness is learning. I will learn about anything. Anywhere. Including My animals, (even though I should already know...

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post #13 of 14

As a general rule, @azygous and I are on the same page 99.9% of the time.  (Fair statement, azygous?)  But on the topic of cold and sand we don't agree.  :hu  Sand absorbs moisture.  When it's 23 below zero, like it is this morning and has been for the past couple of mornings, frozen sand makes a pretty unforgiving landing spot when the birds are coming off the roost.  AND when it's that cold (our expected wind chills will be between -30 and -50 degrees out there today) I simply don't WANT to go out there and sift poop out of sand - not that those frozen poopcicles under the roost would come up without some fierce chipping.  

 

I have a stash of bagged, dry leaves.  I toss a ton of them in there and let them happily scratch them down. Keeps their feet dry, gives them something to do, and covers the poop until a warmer day when I can get a pitchfork under it to flip the bedding slightly.  

post #14 of 14

Yes, Blooie, we's simpatica. I've never had sand get wet as you are describing. I only this fall installed it in my coops instead of wood shavings. I eliminated the poop boards under all the low perches, and just kept three poop boards under the highest perch. So I'm scooping night poop out of sand, and when it freezes, it's actually way easier to scoop.

 

My climate here in southern Colorado is desertly arid most all year round, extremely low humidity, so that may account for why my sand never absorbs moisture.

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