For those of you who use sand

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cravenchx, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you use the yellow sand, which is more cost effective,
    but seems to clump more, or do you use the white sand,
    which is more expensive, but may not clump as much?
    I would be using it in the run area only.
     
  2. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    um..never looked.
    Lowes had all purpose sand on sale so that's what I used.
     
  3. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how much $, and how much did you get?
     
  4. Kay56

    Kay56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am interested in the same question....the local mulch, rock. sand yard here just has reddish looking play sand. I ask them about river sand and they looked at me like I was nuts. So it would be helpful to know the best kind everyone is using for the run area. Also do you put landscape fabric under it? I will have hardware cloth fastened to the entire bottom of the run and raised coop and plan to put the sand at least 4 inches deep. Is that deep enough?
     
  5. dwegg

    dwegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use white fine sand....$15 half tonne scoop...fills the back of my truck bed
     
  6. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was $3 for a 50lb bag and I bought 10 bags for a 10'x10' run...I had a base down of sand in a tube. This spring i am going to get 10 more bags.
    Never payed attention of it clumps or not. this will be the first summer with the run covered
     
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  7. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The local mulch/sand/etc. has a one ton scoop of Yellow sand for
    $25 or 25 cents for a shovel. Can I take my coal shovel?[​IMG]
    DH wants white sand, he doesn't think it will clump as much.
    What about you guys that are experienced with sand?
     
  8. Nightfeather

    Nightfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can some one please explan to me why would you use sand for chickens???????


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  9. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for me it was for drainage

    I have clay soil and the water/poop can pound in the run. This becomes a stinky mess. The sand allows water to drain away and the poop to decompose in the sand instead of on top of it.
     
  10. Nightfeather

    Nightfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was wondering when you use sand do you till it.
    because i till the ground in my chicken run 2 times a year.


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