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Added a Sand Box to the Coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by scrambledmess, May 16, 2010.

  1. scrambledmess

    scrambledmess Songster

    Sep 26, 2008
    NW Ohio
    And my young chicks are eating the sand. I thought I would add this so they could dust bath, but they are eating the sand. Will this hurt them, do I need to remove it. I lost a chick early on when I first put them in the coop. The dang thing gorged itself on the saw dust. Now I am worried my teenage chicks are going to do the same thing with the sand. WWYD?
  2. Put something over the sand box and wait and see what happens to them.
    I read some where on here today that someone used potting soil as a dust bath.
    If they keep eating it, maybe change it out.
  3. TwilightMom

    TwilightMom Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Livermore, California
    I would recommend potting soil too. My chickens love it!! I just put sand on the floor of my run. So far they are not eating it intentionally. My chickens are about 9 weeks old.
  4. Sand= Grit it is fine if they eat it. they will dust bath in it as well as eat it but it is all safe for them.

    Thanks for asking the question the only way to learn is to ask.

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