Need help/input on sand arguement

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Dawn419, May 7, 2007.

  1. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi Everyone!

    My new chicks will be here hopefully this time next week and I am prepared except for "grit". Told hubby about using play sand and he stated that he can get free sand from our friend and neighbor who is a concrete contractor. I told him that all of the "on-line" recommendations I've read say to use play sand so he asks me why...?

    Have spent the day researching and cannot find a good answer for him. Can anyone help me out???

    I know I can use dirt from the yard but we are "blessed" with red clay here which is hard as concrete, right now.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Saltiena

    Saltiena Songster

    Mar 30, 2007
    Peach Bottom
    i'm sorry, i'm probably not much help because i know you can use sand, but i'm not sure a bout "play" sand though but i know you CAN use sand
  3. nikkimay

    nikkimay In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    Pacific NW
    The sand used for concrete is made from different stuff and is not safe to ingest.

    But baby chicks shouldn't need grit- not if they are only eating chick mash.

    Once they are outside and free ranging, they should be able to find all the grit they need in your yard.
  4. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    If your going to use grit just go to walmart, the petstore or grocery store and look for caged bird grit. It costs about 2 bucks and is SAFE. The box will last a long time since you wont need alot of it. Play sand will most likely be ok, but unless you know the source it could be dangerous if ingested.
  5. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    O know nothing about playsand, or any sand so I cannot comment. i dont use any type of grit at all. All my birds free range, and get their own grit from the ground. I have never had any problems. Even with my chicks, they free range as well, and have done just fine.
  6. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Songster

    Mar 29, 2007
    I use playsand from home depot with no problems
  7. I use the play sand from Home Depot also. I would never use contractors sand. It's a different grade( not intended for ingestion) etc. I started out with grit from the feed store or walmart intended for cockateils and parrots. Merry
  8. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    Hey Dawn419, I'm in middle Tn too.Portland to be exact. Where are you?
    I just went to TSC/tractor supply co. and bought a bag of grit. I got it 9 wks ago when I first got the chicks and I still have 3/4 of a bag left. It was about a 2lb. bag.
  9. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Thank you all for your replies!

    I was more worried about them having the grit, when they needed it as I won't be able to free range the chickens...too many stray dogs, cats and natural predators here. I was just trying to make sure I had all the bases covered mainly, guess you could call it "new Mom" syndrome (this side of panic attack but that a whole different post!). [​IMG]

    The fact that concrete sand isn't ingestable makes total sense to me! [​IMG]

    countrygirl4513, I'm in Quebeck in White County!
  10. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    Dawn419, I'm in Robertson Co. right on the KY/TN line. I'm closer to Franklin Ky than any town in Tn. I like you can't let mine free range cuz of all the boogie men. But I do let them out to play when I'm able to keep watch with a pellet gun.[​IMG]

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