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Question about sand

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by welby1205, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. welby1205

    welby1205 Out Of The Brooder

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    pauleberly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure, but I believe that has silica in it, which is harmful to chickens.

    Try a garden center, they may have what's called river sand.
     
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would buy what I believe they call "playground or sandbox" sand. It's probably cheaper too.
     
  4. welby1205

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    I'm pretty sure I read play sand is a no no. I read you want to use washed construction sand.
     
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    Ballerina Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also read a lot about this, and people have all kinds of different opinions. I just couldn't find washed construction sand available anywhere near me (plus I have a very small setup so it wouldn't make sense for me to have a truckload delivered, which I think is how you can get that kind of sand usually), so I have ended up using play sand. You can get bagged play sand without silica, which I think is the ingredient people don't like in play sand. Anyway, that is what I have been using for the past couple of years, because it seemed like the best option that is available to me, and I did find a fair number of other people who also use it. But I know everyone has different situations regarding what they prefer, what their concerns are, and what is easily available to them, and I have also read that washed construction sand is a very good option for those who can get it (I think the Chicken Chick recommends it).
     
  6. jennyf

    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have play sand in the coop and the brand you noted from HD in the run (not really planned but it worked out that way), with the small quantity needed. I did a lot of research too and it's interesting, you'll find a whole range of opinions. Some people say no play sand, some say only play sand, and same on construction sand! I do like the larger particles in the construction sand. Just double check the brand/bag to be sure there's no mortar in it.
     
  7. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes no mortar or you will come home on a rainy day and find chickens stuck in place, what a sight that would be.
     
  8. welby1205

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    The one I posted says it's just sand, so I gotta imagine it should work? I did see "natural" play sand.... guessing that doesn't have the silica?
     
  9. Ballerina Bird

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    I think I googled "play sand silica free" or something to see what brands came up and looked for one of those at HD.
     
  10. pauleberly

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    I think you can look on the bag and it will tell you if it is silica free. We've ordered washed construction sand from a local garden center and it was silica free.
     

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