Eremikophobia = the fear of sand Yesterday I finally got a truck full of sand delivered and worked all day putting it on the floor of my chicken house which is a converted horse stall. My chickens will not step a foot on it!!!! Last night I went to close their door and they were all standing on the door ledge bawking like crazy trying to figure out how to get on their roosts without walking on the sand. I had to catch each and every one and toss them in and as soon as they landed on the sand, they hauled tatters to get on their roosts! This morning when I went to open their door, still they were on their roosts and they were flying from there to the nest boxes and back. And then they made a poor attempt on flying from their roosts out the door. How long will this last?? You would think I installed quick sand or something!