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Afraid of new sand

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Slotred, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Slotred

    Slotred In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2011
    My chicks are eight weeks old, so I'm about to graduate from Raising Baby Chicks. However, I have one new problem that is serious. I put two tons of fresh white sand in my 18X6 run, and my girls are deathly afraid of it. They won't go outside of their coop, and that causes concerns because of the heat here in Coastal Alabama. Anyone else had this problem? I'm hoping they will get used to it, because I don't want to un-shovel two tons of sand.
    Thanks very much.

  2. limabean

    limabean Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Bearing in mind that I too am a newbie:
    1. How long has it been? Maybe they just need a day to adjust to the idea?

    2. I sprang something new on my 7-week olds today - a black rubber mat draped over the window opening that is their pop door (just a regular sliding window), because it was getting all gummed up with poop. They were very wary and would not approach it. So I picked up three of them, one at a time, gently placing them on it (I have 6 total). Those three immediately realized it was not so scary, and soon after the other three bravely went on the matt.

    So, perhaps gently putting your chickens on the sand, maybe along with the incentive of some treat (or just their crumbles) that you know they like, so they have a chance to realize it's okay?
  3. CarolynF

    CarolynF Songster

    May 11, 2011
    Puget Sound
    My Coop
    Hi, sounds like the same problem another member posted --here-- maybe you'll see something there that helps. I think she decided to spread a lot of weeds and grass on the sand so they could get used to the sand gradually.
  4. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida

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  5. taprock

    taprock Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    Northern L.P. Michigan
    Treats! I have some 4 month olds that don't like to leave the coop. On the hot days I carry them out and they will stay out for a short time. They do venture out willingly when I call everyone for treats.
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Give them some time to get used to it. Treats might help. One will eventually check it out and then others will follow. [​IMG]
  7. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    I'm a little worried about this because we're replacing the pine pellet bedding with sand very soon (dh bought the sand yesterday) and I'm hoping they go in the coop at night when it's in there. Luckily the pellets don't look a lot different than sand once they break down but I'm sure the chicks will notice the difference.

  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop

    Chickens do not like change. They need time to adjust to things slowly. Anytime you change something in the coop, expect them to need some time to get used to it.
  9. Slotred

    Slotred In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2011
    Thanks for all the help. I'm sure they will get used to it, so I'm not going to worry any more. When I inspected the sand around the run (I put some around to keep the area from getting muddy) I found lots of fresh raccoon tracks. I caught one big one last week, but apparently I have more to deal with, so that problem will consume my time & energy for a while. In the meantime, I'm just enjoying my four little beauties. They were out on the lawn this afternoon with me, and they really had a great time.
  10. adeleroy8

    adeleroy8 Chirping

    Mar 17, 2014
    Waxhaw, NC
    Wow....I just added white sand to the run....the chickens are freaked out...except for my buff orpingtone & my amauracana..... Figured I'd find an answer on good ole BYC! Thanks for the post.

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