I Did It, I Switched to Sand!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BlueCamas, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I finally got fed up with pine shavings; they get filthy fast, they get tracked everywhere, and a bunch gets wasted every time I try to clean the coop.
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    I took a wheel-barrow, a shovel, a few hours, and Ta-dah!
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    It still has to dry out, but I think it will be a lot easier to clean. The chickens were standing on their tip-toes and it was as if they were saying "Seriously? What the heck is this wet, cold, rainy stuff? You expect us to walk on this?" Haha, they'll get used to it [​IMG]
     
  2. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    haha how deep did you do the sand? It doesn't look like play sand...I am considering sand for my new coop. Let us know how it works for you!
     
  3. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not really even but I think it's 1 1/2 inches give or take in some places. It is play sand, I just shoveled it in from the sand box [​IMG] I think it looks weird from the flash and it's wet.
     
  4. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ooooh okay [​IMG] I really want to know how this works out for you...I think it would be a good option for me too...
     
  5. ambrosia

    ambrosia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes! how big is your coop? Mine is large... and I would love to have something that pretty! Here it isn't very cost effective to go with sand, but if it proves to be effective....

    I spend so little time cleaning with the DLM that it would be hard to switch, but I love the way it looks! Beautiful Job! [​IMG]
     
  6. Tressa27884

    Tressa27884 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please keep us posted. I'm considering putting play sand down in my entire run. I'm so tired of hay, and mud, and slop.......
     
  7. brownysfp

    brownysfp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just this week I switched from hay to sawdust/shavings as I was fed up with the disposal problems - we've had a damp spell that makes it very hard to burn even with fuel.
    At least shavings can go in the wood-burner. The chickens were a nightmare that first evening and had to be herded into the coop. They weren't much better the next night but now, three days into the experiment, they're happy with it - plus the fact it's got colder, that helps: ha ha ha...
     
  8. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    Ah it looks so nice. I tried it too,but my coop developed a really funky poo-ish smell despite daily scooping. I still like the idea of it.I will try again in my next coop. I DID add a sandbox into mine a few days ago.

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  9. ontimeborzoi

    ontimeborzoi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ended up using both. I hated the feel of the sand underfoot IN the coop, just too weird, and got obsessed about scooping it because i could *see* the poop so easily, so ended up putting shavings on top of the sand and am VERY happy with the combination. Soft underfoot, warm for the birds, and very very dry. I don't track shavings out of the coop now, because its so dry it doesn't stick on the bottom of my shoes!
     
  10. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that sorta like out of sight out of mind?
     

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