Any negatives on sand?

blackswamp

Songster
7 Years
Aug 11, 2012
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6
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NW Ohio
My cousin told me at Easter she tried sand in her coop last year & it stunk. she then went back to pine shavings or straw I think with some DE mixed in with it & smell went away. I want to try sand in my coop first once I get it done.

My question is has anybody else had problems with sand in there coop or run?

Thanks
Jeff
 

Kikiriki

Songster
May 26, 2011
947
94
196
Roanoke County, Virginia
My cousin told me at Easter she tried sand in her coop last year & it stunk. she then went back to pine shavings or straw I think with some DE mixed in with it & smell went away. I want to try sand in my coop first once I get it done.

My question is has anybody else had problems with sand in there coop or run?

Thanks
Jeff


I love the sand...there was an odor when the area got flooded one time, but I have moved the coop from that spot: it was next to the house and the gutter clogged with leaves so all the water washed down right on the coop. A kitty litter sifter spoon works for easily sifting out the chicken waste. When they drop waste it is soon sealed inside sand until it desicates. It also makes for a soft landing down from the roost bar. I used shabings when I had a horse and they were messy...all over the place... Straw can be sharp and I personally do not like to handle it. But that is what all this comes down to --isn't it?-- personal preference!

Try the sand: if you find it does not work for you you can easily dump something on top of it. It still makes a good base since it does not hold water...
 

chicksooner

Songster
7 Years
Aug 19, 2012
1,802
77
161
Oklahoma
I have sand in 3 pens and for the most part I love it. The only problem I am having is in my grow out pen the poops tend to go right thru the sifter. I am searching for something better for sifting that pen. Super easy to clean the big pens and the only stink I notice is when it gets moist or if I let it go with out cleaning for a few days . The sand dries out quicker and I am not always adding new bedding or cleaning out the old bedding.
 

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