Added a sand box today and they are eating it

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KristyAz, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. KristyAz

    KristyAz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I added a plastic carton with sand yesterday and some are eating the sand. Do I need to remove it?
     
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:They probably need some grit. Doesn't hurt chickens to eat sand.........Pop
     
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly. The inside is sand and my chicks are always eating it.
     
  4. KristyAz

    KristyAz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok good. I won't worry about it then. Thanks!
     
  5. chicken grandma

    chicken grandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our vet did say that he has seen 'impacted' chickens when sand is used in coop. Just FYI
     
  6. ontimeborzoi

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    I always put a pan of driveway sand in my brooder when the chicks are around two weeks old, but this time I added the sand at 2 days and was shocked to come back and find the pan empty! But they are all just fine, a week later, and still eat some sand but they aren't cleaning out the bowl any more.
     
  7. omegorchards

    omegorchards Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are your birds just pecking out small stones from your sand? My birds go after sand but they are going after the small stones (radish-seed sized or so) but not the "sand" itself. Also there are some types of "river" sand that are high in clay which can be a good supplement to your birds' diet.
     
  8. F50myster

    F50myster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They probably need some grit. Doesn't hurt chickens to eat sand.........Pop

    Unintelligible writing removed--type properly or confine it to Games.
     
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  9. KristyAz

    KristyAz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm not sure what they are pecking at. It's playsand, like what you would get for a sandbox. The intention was for them to dust bathe in it.
     
  10. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kristy there is an old chicken saying, they will not eat what is not good for them. They are chickens and eat off the floor of the run [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Here is my bucket and they poop in it, eat in it and bathe in it!! Just playing and having fun Kristy. When my kids first took a sand bath I thought they had epilepsy attack and a seizure. [​IMG]
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