I moved in with my boyfriend last fall, so I am still unfamiliar with all the buildings and such on his three acres. Today we cleaned out the chicken house. His late wife had kept banties in it, the little chickens. There are ten nest boxes inside. I didn't know until I swept and vacuumed in there, that it has a concrete floor. We set up a brooder area for the baby chicks (not yet purchased) using a heat lamp and circular metal "pen". I'm adjusting it and monitoring it till I can maintain a steady 90° before bringing babies home. I saw a thread about sand being used as bedding; I was considering shavings, or (if not priced beyond reach) crushed walnut shells or other organic matter. The chicken house is insulated some, has doors and windows, a wooden ladder roost, wooden nest boxes and like I said , a concrete floor. I'm in northwestern Wyoming. It was a balmy 75° today but will be in the 40s by Wednesday and the twenties at night. Wyoming can get wicked cold in the winter, but we have very low humidity (like 15-25%) and mere inches of rainfall annually. It's high desert. We're a dusty, windy, dry state. I'm not sure how many chicks I'm getting, between 10-25 I'm guessing. Probably closer to ten. Laying hens, for the eggs and as pets. Not trying to get rich selling eggs but if my girls are productive, I'll sell to neighbors or give to friends. I'm looking for the best bedding for the chicken house. The run, outside, right now is just soil, I may throw grass seeds out and water it while the chicks are growing inside the house, I should get grass up easily. Is sand sensible for inside? The posts I read seemed like it was being used on dirt floors, not concrete. I don't work because I ha a bad back. So shoveling, heavy bedding, heavy bags of bedding, etc is difficult for me. (My boyfriend also has a bad back, same applies to him) It seems the sand would be easy to clean, by raking, but hard to remove it if it all needed changing, etc. Opinions?