Quote:I finally put sand in my brooders as well, and I am LUVIN' IT! I can clean all the brooders in a fraction of the time they used to take, water spills no longer cause a problem by spoiling spilled feed if I can't get to it immediately, a little Stall Dry stirred in dries out such spills pronto, and the feeder and waterer don't end up full of shavings even if I leave them on the brooder floor for newbies. I also switched to heated kennel pads under the sand instead of brooder lights, and the chicks seem much happier. They love to nestle their tummies down into the sand wherever it feels best, and that is now a larger area with a wider temp gradient. All around, this is a win-win for me. I've been using sand in coops and runs for a while, so I really don't know what took me so long to make this switch, but I'm sure glad I did. You know my grandpa used to lay out corrugated tin panels and build a wall around them to keep the chicks in. Then he would fill the brooders with about three or four inches of blow sand (desert sand that piles up against bushes its almost like talc). We used to have to put rolled up wetted towls by bottom of the door to keep it out of the house when wed have dust storms. After the brooder was filled he would put kerosine lanterns underneath to heat the tin and finally the sand. Dad said they would have two or three hundred chicks in there all happy and warm. Hmm this gives me an idea for my own Keets coming in about thirty days. I am expecting thirty and have been worrying about my own brooding setup being too inadequate.