Coop sand in winter

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cosbackyard, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. cosbackyard

    cosbackyard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2013
    Colorado Springs, CO
    So this year I switched from straw to sand in the coop. It's fantastic. But now it's winter and you know how ducks are... wet mess everywhere even without water in the coop. That sand has turned to a frozen brick. The coop is insulated underneath but I'm concerned that it's too cold for them.

    Has anyone in a cold climate used sand year-round?
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    No, for that reason alone. I tried sand in a brooder with ducks once, that was more than enough to turn me off, for good.

    I use shavings and turn the bedding several times a week, adding as needed. It holds up well against the long, cold winter.

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