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Play sand in coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by iPeanut1990, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. iPeanut1990

    iPeanut1990 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to use sand in my coop once I run out of the bag of shavings I have. Why is play sand not recommended? The only natural sand I can find is technically play sand. Can I use it? If not I'm also looking at Quikrete All Purpose sand. Guidance please? I only need 1-2 bags to fill the coop so I don't want/need an entire truck load.
     
  2. Brookliner

    Brookliner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IMO the yellow play sand is too consistent in texture. It supposedly has more silica in it which is bad for the chickens lungs. I use the bagged all purpose or Multi purpose sand from Home Depot. It has a variety of grain sizes my chickens pick up the appropriate sized grains as grit for grinding the food in their gizzards. I only use it in my runs. I use a chopped hay product called Hi Fiber Gold which is a horse forage that comes in plastic wrapped bales and is heat processed to kill mold in my coops at about 4 to 6 inches in depth.
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  3. iPeanut1990

    iPeanut1990 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So will the Quikrete all purpose sand work then?
     

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