Hey, Sally. I have recently decided to switch to sand in the coop. I had to put it off because I was sick (I am feeling much better today!!) so it will be this weekend in time for the warmer temps (good timing, huh?)
ANYWAY!!! Sand is great for the brooder pen. It is fine for chicks a few days old when paper towels are no longer used. The grit is tiny enough for the chicks, and still works for my adult birds. The big benefit is that you can scoop the poop with a cat litter scoop. In the coop I will use a pitch fork with hardware cloth zip tied to it.
Just a thought.
What kind of sand?