Originally Posted by MoSo
As far as sand goes, has anyone tried washing it until it rinses clear? That should get rid of silt and clay particles.
I don't wash sand, I get sand directly from a sand mine, preprocessed if it's a loose excavation site or waste/overrun/non-conforming particle size (my last batch was 40/70, this next one will porbably be 20/40). If you buy play sand it has been blasted, excavated, crushed, washed, screened, dried, shipped via haul truck or massive bags on rail before being packaged into consumer sized packaging if not done so straight out of the dryer. Seriously, you don't need to clean it. They already did that at the wash plant and most of the time it''s fairly clean straight out of the deposit depending on where it's mined. It's not going to hurt the chicks to eat it.