Non dusty sand in duck house??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bayyjayy, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. bayyjayy

    bayyjayy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are putting pea gravel and all purpose sand in our duck coop. The problem is, when it is raked, it gets REALLY dusty in their pen. The ducks have not moved in yet, and I am thinking I will be spraying it out daily or every other day, so I am not sure the dust will be a problem. My husband raked it yesterday and it got really dusty yesterday, so he asked me to find out what kind of sand people use, or if this is just the nature of the beast in this instance. We are using all purpose sand because it is the coarsest we could find, but he was wondering if playground sand might work.

    Thoughts??
     
  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't used sand in their pen but my guess is... once they are in there that sand will never be completely dry. Ducks are very wet.

    Also, I would think that over time the sand would be less dusty as the dust washes and/or blows away.

    Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
     
  3. kuntrygirl

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    I order rinsed sand, so that dust isn't an issue. You seem to have received sand with the fines.

    Run some water through it a couple of times, that should wash the dust down through it, so it is underneath. Maybe let a small gentle sprinkler run on it to get it well soaked a couple of times.
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Do you think rinsed sand and washed sand goes through the same process but they just named it differently?????
     
  6. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you'll be fine once it's rained on your pen a few times. Once you get ducks in there only the top will ever really dry out. My sabd is damp all the time during the cooler months.

    If you've used coarse, gritty sand then that's the one to use. The finer grains will settle to the bottom after a while.
     
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    bayyjayy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bayyjayy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone....appreciate all the tips!!!!

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