Is reptile sand (pure calcium substrate) safe for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LulaBellLayers, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. LulaBellLayers

    LulaBellLayers New Egg

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    My chicks have started trying to dust bathe in their brooder and I'd like to add a plate of sand. Is reptile sand safe? [​IMG]
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    It's probably not a good idea if it is pure calcium. Chicks will consume a significant amount of anything you put into their brooder, and calcium is something they shouldn't have. It can cause problems with their development. It needs to be kept out of their diet until they reach point of lay.

    Use regular sand instead. Anything except play sand.
     
  3. LulaBellLayers

    LulaBellLayers New Egg

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    Thank [email protected] My local feed store only had that kind. I saved the receipt in case it wasn't what they needed. Would Tractor Supply have what I need?
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    The best and cheapest place to get a bit of sand is a gravel yard where they sell sand gravel and cement. Take a container with you, say a couple buckets. They will fill them for you and it'll be enough for your brooder and then some, maybe cost all of a buck or two. Ask for fine sand or masonry sand.

    I pay $40 per yard, but that would be a large pickup truck full. I use sand in my runs and haul it home myself.
     

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