Anyone use SAND in the run/coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Billy7871, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Ga Boy

    Ga Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a mite/lice preventative [​IMG]
     
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  2. ellend

    ellend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder if a cranberry rake attached to a handle would work well? Don't know where you find a cranberry rake outside of the East coast. Might be expensive.
     
  3. ellend

    ellend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is rip-rap?
     
  4. ellend

    ellend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YES!!! So please, ALWAYS wear a mask when dusting with it! Silicosis treatment is....a LUNG TRANSPLANT!
     
  5. ellend

    ellend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE = Diatomaceous Earth. Fossilized diatom (miniscule ocean dwellers) shell. Two grades: One for swimming pool filter--DO NOT USE FOR ANIMALS!!! The one you want is FOOD GRADE. It MUST be labeled that way! Some people swear that it prevents or even treats mites. I've had no luck with that, and I've used it liberally. WEAR A MASK, and don't let your animals breathe it, either. Silicates are very dangerous to the lungs. Lungs will compensate for a number of years, then reach their "tipping point" and go south all at once. Lung transplant is the next step, if you are "lucky." Likewise, if you do any glass grinding, such as in stained glass work, have a suitable and well-researched respirator and evacuation system. Ditto for SANDBLASTING.
    Many believe that a small percentage mixed in with feed will kill internal parasites. The scientific community is still out on that one.
    DE is "sharp" (doesn't feel that way to us) and is often used in gardens to cut and or dessicate (dry out) slugs. It HAS helped me in the garden. It's action is physical, rather than chemical.
    Many put some DE in with the mix for dust-bathing for their chickens.
    Remember, FOOD grade ONLY!!!! Can be purchased online by the 50# bag, or, much more expensive, in small bags from various sources.
     
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  6. CoolClucker

    CoolClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ah ok, ty![​IMG]
     
  7. Ga Boy

    Ga Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tractor Supply $10 20 pound bag
     
  8. schnebbles

    schnebbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh my gosh, chicken info is mind boggling! my brain is getting tired.

    I guess I'll buy sand for my new 4x4 coop.

    If I were adding DE, how much might I add? Would I only do it when it's warm/hot out?
     
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I didn't know that they sold sand. Cool!
     
  10. schnebbles

    schnebbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is not sand, it's the diamateous (sp?) earth.
     

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