Another newbie question.....

ButtersMama

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8 Years
Feb 28, 2011
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Chicks one week old....getting material list to build coop. I see in some pics that people put sand in their chicken run. How do you clean that? Do you scoop and replace often?

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wannabchick

Songster
9 Years
Nov 27, 2010
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Northen Va
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Great question..
I too am thinking of going with sand for my run...
 

chickendales

Songster
8 Years
Feb 24, 2011
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Michigan
my freinds birds pens where all on sand the bird scratch and dust them selfs stays realy clean just have rack it once in a while
 
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Harvey'sHens

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 23, 2011
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I use sand. I use one of those doggy poop scoop rakes and just rake up any mess into the scoop part and throw it in the compost! When the sand needs it I just scoop out soiled sand and put in fresh.
 

wolfandfinch

Songster
10 Years
Jan 5, 2011
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Vancouver BC
I wonder if it makes it a difference how rainy it is there? I want sand because it's so rainy here, but I'm worried about it getting washed away, so I'm pretty much building retaining walls around the whole run. I'm just thinking of it as another raised bed, but with chickens not veggies
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Newbie in Screamer Al

Chirping
9 Years
Jan 11, 2011
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I also just rake when needed, and add as I need. It does real well for me, and we get lotsa rain mostly in the spring. Here in Bama we got 2.5 inches yesterday..... I like sand for the run
 

kestrel42

In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 7, 2011
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Portland, Oregon
I like the sand idea, but I think it would be a bit of a mess here in Portland. We have so much rain 9 months of the year, and wet sand is hard to rake droppings out of. I'm going with a deep litter on the run floor for now...seems to hold up in the rain better.
 

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