Pea Gravel in my Chicken Run OK?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by iwannagofishin, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. iwannagofishin

    iwannagofishin Chirping

    Apr 14, 2012
    I've been lurking and reading for about 3 weeks. And I have three 4-week old chicks in the garage. Coop is built and they're moving in tomorrow. (and out of my garage :))

    Part of their run used to be a patio extension that had been made with paving stones. So there is lots of left over pea gravel just below the surface of the ground. (about 2 inches below the surface) I'm worried about the birds swallowing the gravel. Is this a valid concern?

    Thanks for the patience with my rookie question.

  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    I personally wouldn't. I've had a hen crack her beak right down the center on a rock along side the house. Luckily i was able to clip and file it down and it grew back.

    They also can choke, but I'm not quite sure if they would try and swallow rocks too big.

    I really like sand. It's very easy to clean.
  3. iwannagofishin

    iwannagofishin Chirping

    Apr 14, 2012
    I hadn't thought about their beaks breaking. I was mainly concerned about them swallowing them. I've watched them enough to know that they'll eat anything.
  4. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Songster

    Mar 20, 2012
    Southern PA
    Hello and welcome!

    I can't say I share the concern about the gravel being dangerous. When chicks free range in a yard, there are plenty of things that are too big for them to eat, and if they manage to get it down it will most likely pass out the other end.

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