Depth of sand in the coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chucken, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Chucken

    Chucken Out Of The Brooder

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    For those of youthat are using sand in your coop, what is the depth of the sand on your floor?
     
  2. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll be interested to see what others have to say. In all my research getting ready for our expanded run I've read and heard six inches minimum.
     
  3. princessbroc

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    I would love to know as well, as we are just getting our coop together!
     
  4. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mines four to six inches, The ground was uneven but it probably averages at four for the most part, as I filled it to the top of the 2x4 that runs along the bottom of the coop.
     
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As much as you can afford. The land on my farm is sandy loam. I live on a hill but I really think at one time it was a sand dune. The sand is just like beach sand & the chickens love it. Its easy on their feet & stays some what cool. They love taking a daily sand bath. Here's a picture wher[​IMG]e one girl decided to stop & play in the sand. Look at the ground it looks just like the beach.
     
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  6. Chucken

    Chucken Out Of The Brooder

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    We’re talking the coop here, not the run. I am building a 4’ X 4’ coop with a wood floor that I will cover with linoleum. The sand will go on the linoleum floor. But thanks for the info on the run, I'll file that away for that bridge when we cross it.
     
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  7. princessbroc

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    In the coop I will just be using pine shavings - good luck with whatever you end up doing!! [​IMG]
     
  8. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The sand in my coop is only 3" and it's doing just fine. From the research I did beforehand, the most important thing is to have washed sand, whatever grade you get. Washed sand has had the silt and clay washed away, and silt and clay will hold on to moisture, therefore stink. That's the conclusion I came to, anyway. I got washed all purpose sand, which has a nice mixture of sizes in it. The chicks love it for dustbathing and for grit.
     
  9. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I'm just now putting sand in. My coup is just a smidge smaller than yours and I have just 2 hens. We've only had the chickens for about 2-3 weeks, so I'm a newbie, too. I started with straw because that's what was available until yesterday. The coup floor is 3' above the ground which makes it super easy to reach in and clean. I ended up cleaning it out every morning and found there is very little cleaning to be done! A small garden trowel & tiny bucket are all I need. SO... based on that I don't expect to need deep sand. I'll use about 2" inside the coop. In the run I'll use about 3".

    Have you read the "Got Sand? You Should" thread ? It has a lot of information and may help you.

    Have Fun.
    CarolynF
     
  10. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is about 3 inches I think. My coop is 4x6.


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