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play sand ???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by fabricbym, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. fabricbym

    fabricbym New Egg

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    I put out play sand for dust baths, but find they are eating
    It they are only 1210 weeks..is this normal?
     
  2. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio

    Chickens will eat almost anything.. They use sand as grit to help grind up what feed they eat it is ok for them to eat it...
     
  3. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's fine...I love using sand, they might be picking things out of it too. [​IMG]
     
  4. egg-cellent

    egg-cellent Chillin' With My Peeps

    It takes alot more than sand for a chicken to not eat it.. Mine tried to eat my kids sand from their sand box too and did! Especially if it wasn't covered. I worried more about my kids playing in chicken poo afterwards.. EEWWWWWW![​IMG]
     
  5. Wild Prime

    Wild Prime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Idaho!
     
  6. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us!
     
  7. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] and welcome to BYC [​IMG] from Hesperia, Ca
     
  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I started putting a shallow, wide bowl full of play sand in my brooder and the chicks eat it like it's candy. They dust bathe and sleep in the bowl as well. They LOVE it!!
     
  9. egg-cellent

    egg-cellent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Good idea!
     
  10. MaureenL128

    MaureenL128 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The ground in our run tends to be very hard so we have gotten a couple bags of play sand over the year and rototill it in for better soil drainage when it rains. We rototill the run a couple times a year to mix it up and clean up the poop. The girls love it!
     

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