12 week old chicks on sand--Eating it??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JayDe, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. JayDe

    JayDe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We switched to sand in one half of our porch brooder/coop. (the other half is wire)

    Well, my husband put it in a couple hours ago and they are still eating sand. They are 12 week old Orpington and Silkies. Will they be ok? I was a bit surprised because they free range for a couple hours a day and don't spend the whole time eating dirt... Just wanted to be sure we didn't make a mistake!
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2010
  2. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eating grit is good for birds and they won't neglect real food. As long as it is gritty sand, and not play sand or anything. Although, I doubt play sand would hurt, just wouldn't help much.
     
  3. JayDe

    JayDe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's the multipurpose sand you can buy at a hardware store. I've seen it recommended on BYC for coop floors... I think its the same consistency as play sand though! Doh! *worried*
     
  4. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Play sand is FINE and is even recommended as grit for young chicks. There is nothing to worry about. [​IMG]
     
  5. Blueggchick

    Blueggchick ♥Dar's Blue Bayou Chicks♥

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    I've read here on BYC that many members use sand as their base floor in their chicken pens. I want to do the same soon for my coops to help with the drainage issues, so I don't think it will hurt your chicks at all. They need the grit anyways. [​IMG]
     
  6. JayDe

    JayDe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't think it should hurt, but dh wanted me to be sure. Thanks everyone!
     

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