Is this okay to use for flooring in the coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dandydoodle, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Songster

    Sep 21, 2010
    Someone told me that they used sand. I am thinking about getting some and putting it it the coop. Is sand safe for chickens and ducks?
  2. Chickenlover97

    Chickenlover97 Hatching

    Mar 2, 2012
    I have never used sand in a coop but I have heard it is good to use in runs so I guess its safe. (PS. It is very helpful in keeping flies away)
  3. RonC

    RonC Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    I'm using pine shavings at the moment but planning on switching to sand. I like the idea of using a kitty litter scoop to sift it out instead of just stirring it up every day or two.
  4. BigdaddySean

    BigdaddySean In the Brooder

    Jan 9, 2012
    I went and got 2500 lbs of river sand a couple weeks ago for $40, and I really like it. It makes it so easy to go in with a little kitty litter scooper and get up all the poop. Part of my run is just hardware cloth roof, and when the sand gets wet from rain, it dries out quickly also.
    I think I'm actually going to use it in the coop also. The girls have started digging in the run to get to the old grass that I covered up, and I take a rake and level it back out when they are done. They don't have to go looking for a particular place to dust, they can just do it anywhere. So far so good, I like it.
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    My farm is like living on the beach. Sand is great its easy on the chickens feet, great grit, good for bathing & its easy to clean.
  6. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Songster

    Sep 21, 2010
    I think I am gonna do it but, wow I think it gonna be a big job. I imagine sand weighs a lot more then chips.

  7. Chickenlover97

    Chickenlover97 Hatching

    Mar 2, 2012
    1000 pounds of sand weighs the same as 1000 pounds of chips.
  8. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    :rolleyes: I'm guessing the PP meant that a certain # of cubic feet of sand will weigh more than the same # of cubic feet of chips. :D

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