New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Using sand as litter????

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Was curious how many are using sand as litter??? As well as how to clean out sand?? Is there a pitch fork or some way to modify one so its like a kitty litter scooper???  Any Ideas/advice is greatly appreciated.

Prior Service Army Infantryman. My ladies are my stress reliever!! Chicken Daddy  AKA  "The Rooster" 

6 Tetra Tints,  8 Production Reds
Reply
Prior Service Army Infantryman. My ladies are my stress reliever!! Chicken Daddy  AKA  "The Rooster" 

6 Tetra Tints,  8 Production Reds
Reply
post #2 of 26

I use sand in my brooder and I love it! No smell, very absorbent, easy to clean. I have not used it in the coop though.  Some people have, they say it's better in warmer weather because stuff feezing into clumps in colder climate, and with moisture in general freezing it in the winter.  But, if you are going to scoop things up anyway I'm not sure myself if itnwould make that much of a difference.  I live in northern NY and I am considering it. As far as what to clean it with, I saw something at TSC that looked like a giant cat litter scoop, I think it's actually used in horse barns but it looked like it might work.

1 Buff Orpington, 1 Partidge Cochin Bantam, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Black Star, 3 blue bantam Cochin, 3 blue Andalusian,2 Black Jersey Giants, 1EE, 1 Bantam OEGB, 1 White Polish, 2 Bernese Mountain Dog, 1 Pomeranian and 3 cats

Reply

1 Buff Orpington, 1 Partidge Cochin Bantam, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Black Star, 3 blue bantam Cochin, 3 blue Andalusian,2 Black Jersey Giants, 1EE, 1 Bantam OEGB, 1 White Polish, 2 Bernese Mountain Dog, 1 Pomeranian and 3 cats

Reply
post #3 of 26

I'll be trying my luck with it in the next weeks as we complete the coop.  I was planning on using it in the run but with all the positive posts I'll be putting it in the coop as well.

Heather~~
My only child is a Corporal in the Marines,10 birds, 3 dogs, and one very understanding husband. Empty nest? Not hardly!

Reply

Heather~~
My only child is a Corporal in the Marines,10 birds, 3 dogs, and one very understanding husband. Empty nest? Not hardly!

Reply
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 

Is there a certain type of sand to buy or just any old sand from the home improvement store????

Prior Service Army Infantryman. My ladies are my stress reliever!! Chicken Daddy  AKA  "The Rooster" 

6 Tetra Tints,  8 Production Reds
Reply
Prior Service Army Infantryman. My ladies are my stress reliever!! Chicken Daddy  AKA  "The Rooster" 

6 Tetra Tints,  8 Production Reds
Reply
post #5 of 26

If you type sand into the coop box, there are couple of really long threads about this. Our ground is sand and I had decided ahead of time this made a lot of sense..you can also find articles on google about it

Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school's meeting for an hour once a week & teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?" - Charles F. Potter, "Humanism: A New Religion," 1930
Reply
Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school's meeting for an hour once a week & teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?" - Charles F. Potter, "Humanism: A New Religion," 1930
Reply
post #6 of 26

I use sand in my brooder, I love it.  I just clean the brooder with a kitty litter scoop.  The brooder stays much drier and smells so much better too !  I use play sand, it was the only type available at the Wal~Mart that I shop at.

My flock consists of Araucanas, Crested Cream Legbars and Easter Eggers.  Available in June hatching eggs from my Araucana project. $25 per dozen, shipping included !!!    My flock is not NPIP  (yet)
Reply
My flock consists of Araucanas, Crested Cream Legbars and Easter Eggers.  Available in June hatching eggs from my Araucana project. $25 per dozen, shipping included !!!    My flock is not NPIP  (yet)
Reply
post #7 of 26

I use it in the brooder its so nice and easy to clean, I have a hurt baby on pine bedding and I hate cleaning that small pen, arggg, sand is much nicer and MUCH LESS SMELLY!
see this thread also,  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=444759

4 Crazy kids, 3 crazy horses,  2 lazy dogs, 2 hyper puppies, 2 fat kitties , and 33 mixed up choocks

 Missing my Bugsy Whugsy..... best Boxer in the whole world!!!

Reply

4 Crazy kids, 3 crazy horses,  2 lazy dogs, 2 hyper puppies, 2 fat kitties , and 33 mixed up choocks

 Missing my Bugsy Whugsy..... best Boxer in the whole world!!!

Reply
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 

Ok so just so I'm certain any store bought sand is ok???? Also just to clarify I'm referring to putting sand inside the coop as litter not a brooder.

Prior Service Army Infantryman. My ladies are my stress reliever!! Chicken Daddy  AKA  "The Rooster" 

6 Tetra Tints,  8 Production Reds
Reply
Prior Service Army Infantryman. My ladies are my stress reliever!! Chicken Daddy  AKA  "The Rooster" 

6 Tetra Tints,  8 Production Reds
Reply
post #9 of 26

Word is esp for the coop and run VS brooder that it works great and is cheaper to get the courser sand.  I'm thinking a landscape co carries it? I plan on doing this with mine which hopefully will be done soon!

Heather~~
My only child is a Corporal in the Marines,10 birds, 3 dogs, and one very understanding husband. Empty nest? Not hardly!

Reply

Heather~~
My only child is a Corporal in the Marines,10 birds, 3 dogs, and one very understanding husband. Empty nest? Not hardly!

Reply
post #10 of 26

I have used playground/sand box sand in my chickens enclosure. i figure if it is good enough for the children it's good enough for my chickens. I do not know if there are any 'dangerous' impurities in building/construction sand. In my dry climate the sand make clean-up easier. I just use a doggy popper scooper.cool

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav: