New to BYC and raising chickens ...sand in the run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bawkbawkhens, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. bawkbawkhens

    bawkbawkhens Out Of The Brooder

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    Will have a hen house and a roofed run...is sand ok in the run? river sand as I read...but ok in the run? I live in the Pac NW...

    Bawk Bawk!

    Daniel
     
  2. nanaluvsgps

    nanaluvsgps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't used sand before, but if it is in the sun it could get quite hot and burn the pads of their feet. It probably wouldn't be a worry if they free ranged druing the day.
     
  3. bawkbawkhens

    bawkbawkhens Out Of The Brooder

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    wont be in the sun due to being covered..AND I built in a shaded area...
     
  4. BigdaddySean

    BigdaddySean Out Of The Brooder

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    I use river sand, and I love it!! I go through once a day or every couple, and scoop up poop with a sifter, and you are done.
    My run is 8 x16, and I roofed 12 feet of it, and left 4 foot just hardware cloth roof.
    You can rake it around, and if it does get wet, it drains out and dries very fast.
    I just bought another load locally, and it was 40 dollars for 2500 pounds.
     
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