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I WILL NOT be able to use sand in Indiana right? In my coop? Or can I and just add a heat lamp. I have a wired keyless light that I can
Put a heat lamp
On and using sand there won't be a fire risk. Please advise. I'm just starting and the coop
Is
Coming next week.
5x6 Amish style coop with 2 6 foot roosts.

the run is 8X12 and was
Going to be sand dirt leaves etc.
it get to 0 degrees herein winter. Thank you. I have 8 babies that will all be hens


Fire risk for sand? I don't think there is anything that would catch fire. I should think that wood chips would be a bigger risk for fire than sand.

 

The only thing is the cold. I do know that many people say the deep litter method generates more heat in the winter but if you have the heat lamps then I don't see sand being an issue. I'd try it and see how it works at least. If you find it's not working for you just throw down some wood chips on top of the sand? 

 

Will the run be in the soil or on a slab? If it's on a slab why the dirt and leaves?

post #832 of 838

Yup No sand in the winter. It can cause terrible frost bite. I live in MI and love love summer sand everywhere except the nest box. Its way easier to clean with a cat litter scoop. 

post #833 of 838
I live in MI and don't use any heating contraption unless temps get below zero. I do add blankets over coop and made like a fabric curtain for the entry ways. If you bought a cold hardy breed I wouldn't worry. This winter was pretty light. I did buy a safe flat heat source for the freezing times.You cant control heat lamps so I would never say they are good. But the flat pannel heat has high and low, doesn't get so hot that the chickens will adapt to those temps. They are like heaters themselves. They need food to generate their thermostat. I also cover run in plastic, while still providing proper vents. Vents are important , drafts are bad. I was worried the first year I got my girls, until someone from Quebec Canada talked me down.
post #834 of 838
I'm considering switching to sand. Can I put it down on a concrete floor? How does that effect moisture?
post #835 of 838
I love having sand! Moisture is good--it dries out fast and easy☺
post #836 of 838

Why not use sand in the nest box?  I have sand in my nest box because at least 2 of my 5 hens sleep and poop in there.  I poop scope with a kitty litter  scoper every morning.  Also, why would sand be  problem in the winter? I am new to having chickens and have been using sand in the run, the roost and the nest box.  Are there good reasons why I should NOT be doing so?  I live in Western KY.  Winters are mild.  My chickens have not started to lay eggs yet.  I expect them too by mid July.

post #837 of 838
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Why not use sand in the nest box?  I have sand in my nest box because at least 2 of my 5 hens sleep and poop in there.  I poop scope with a kitty litter  scoper every morning.  Also, why would sand be  problem in the winter? I am new to having chickens and have been using sand in the run, the roost and the nest box.  Are there good reasons why I should NOT be doing so?  I live in Western KY.  Winters are mild.  My chickens have not started to lay eggs yet.  I expect them too by mid July.

I use sand in all my boxes. It is clean, nothing gets kicked out of the boxes and my birds have never seemed bothered when I switched from grass hay to sand in the boxes. Mites arent as interested in sand either.

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post #838 of 838
There's nothing cozy about sand in a nesting box. Its called a "nesting" box for a reason. I think it would be more kind and make more sense to not....I use wood shavings. Its 100% natural animal bedding, adds warmth and is dust free.
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