Beach sand for dust bath?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by princess araucana, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. princess araucana

    princess araucana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2008
    Rhode Island
    I want to make an indoor dust bath for my girls. No one is selling the play sand you can buy at hardware stores (not in season).

    Is beach sand OK to use? I collected it far away from the water or high tide line thinking it would be less salty.

    Any reason why it would be bad?

    I plan on mixing it with DE.

  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Don' t use the play sand, get "all purpose" sand, the kind used in construction. Home Depot and Lowe's and the like carry it year-round. It's also cheaper than play sand.

    Plus, it has little pebbles in it which the chickens can use for grit purposes.
  3. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    the beach sand would work fine. I live 1 1/2 miles from the coast and most of my yard is sugar sand (hence the farm name) I use it in my runs and coops The chickens love to dust bathe in it. I even use it in my brooders after a few weks and as soon as I change the bedding into sand they all dust bathe.
  4. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    Home depot has 'tube sand' (it's regular sand in a tube shaped burlap type bag) I just bought some. It was $3.47 for 60 lbs. It was by the contractors entrance.

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