Aloha fellow hen keepers!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Tutu of 5, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. Tutu of 5

    Tutu of 5 In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2014
    I live on the Big Island of Hawai'i and am new to hen raising. I got my first Plymouth Rock hen egg today, given to me by "Braveheart". She is my hen of "firsts". First one who ate out of my hand, first one to squat for me, and now first one who gave me an egg.

    It's exciting!

    I hope to learn a lot from this forum.

    One question I do have. I wanted to set up a sand "bathing area" for my girls and I ended up buying coral sand as the Home Depot here only sold that or one with silica in it. Do I need to worry about the hens eating too much of this? Is there a problem if this gets wet? It rains here a lot.

    Mahalo for your help!
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Which area of the big island do you live on? I used to live and raise chickens on the big island in the Puna district not far from Pahoa. I would not use beach sand in my coop/run as the fine particles can potentially cause respiratory problems for your adult birds, and can completely impact your chicks' crops. When I raised chickens on the big island, I used fine pea gravel for the floor of my coops/runs. For bathing, I used (and still use) a flat box with wood ash in it. Not only do the chickens love to bath in it, it is more effective at preventing lice and mite infestations than sand or dirt. Also, I would recommend a roof over your run to keep the rain out. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
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  3. N F C

    N F C booooo!

    Dec 12, 2013
    Aloha and welcome to BYC! [​IMG] And congratulations on getting your first egg! Nice to have you join us.
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  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Congrats on the first egg! Hope that is the first of many a dozen for you.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2014
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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Congratulations on the first egg!
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  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congrats on that first egg!! I am not sure about sand with silca in it, but I use sand in my coop that definitely has fine quartz particles in it. And it causes tons of dust. I am not saying this is good for them, but in all these years, I have never had a problem. As long as your coop and run are well ventilated, any type of sand will work ok. They shouldn't gorge on this stuff. But will do doubt eat some of it. A little is good for them. Just keep an eye on them and see how this sand works.

    Welcome to our flock!
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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Congratulations on the first egg!
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined the flock [​IMG]
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  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
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  10. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!!! The members here are great!!! This is the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM ON EARTH!!!!

    Hope you have fun and if you need anything we are here to help!!
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