Can you put "playground" sand in run area?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Giddyup, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Giddyup

    Giddyup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2008
    Vancouver Island, BC
    I don't see why not, they run wiht the horses and alpacas and there is sand in areas....but we may fence a run off for breeding or if predators increase? Would sand be harmful in any way?
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    nope I have sand in my silkie runs. They really like it.
  3. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    I use playground sand. No wet poop!
  4. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVe sand!!!! We have it in all the coops and runs, and even in the sheep stall. I also use sand in my brooders. No fire hazard, no choking hazard, keeps the stink away, they can duste bath, easy to clean, etc.... I use a cat poop scooper to sift through the brooder sand and when it gets really bad, I just dump it in the compost bin or the garden.
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    We'll be adding playground sand to our runs this year to help with drainage. Right now I'm adding tons of dried leaves, which is helping immensely with the spring rains mud problem so the sand will basically be the "icing on the cake" for us.

    Hope this helps!

  6. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    Putting sand in my run was one of the best moves I ever made. And yes, I just used plain ol' playground sand in the bags from Home Depot.

    I think I read last fall about SeaChick (??) who had a problem with her chicken eating playground sand, but I don't know -- maybe just a weird situation? If I can find the post, I'll add it.
  7. Bard's Rock!

    Bard's Rock! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2008
    I have used both playsand and "all purpose" sand from Lowe's on my drop board and in a sandbox for them to dustbathe. The playsand is much cleaner and nicer to work with when I use a kitty litter scoop to clean the drop board.
  8. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Me too, I mix in a little bit of food-grade DE and stand back! They also have a box of the same sand in the coop for 'winter bathing'! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009
  9. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    i have always used playsand
    and have no problems .it makes for a cleaner run,
    and coop
    under the wood shavings.,
  10. fjorddreamer

    fjorddreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2008
    Nova Scotia
    I'm glad to hear this. I think I'll try it this summer. LynneP.....where do you buy your food grade DE. I'm in Nova Scotia too, and wondering where to find a source of it.

    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009

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