Red sand in the run???

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

  1. Firemenlovechicks

    Firemenlovechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey all!

    I finally decided that I was going to put sand in my chicken run. I called a local company and told them to deliver me a load of sand..... I didn't think about there being different types / grades of sand..... I just envisioned white sand..... It never crossed my mind!

    Well, what they delivered was red sand...... the type that they use under the concrete slab when building a house...... It seems to pack down pretty tightly when I step on it (it's pretty wet right now)..

    Does anybody else have this in their run? How does it work for you? Should i mix another (more coarse) grade of sand or gravel with it?

    This stuff is easily packed down, but you can pick up the clumps and they tend to break apart pretty easily, just wondering about drainage? What do you think?

    Thanks!

    Jeff
     
  2. wolfandfinch

    wolfandfinch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Is it just to keep your run from getting muddy? I can't imagine it being that big of a deal. Do you give them grit? I was told to put some gravel in the run as well, but have received opposing advice here, so I'm not sure about the gravel.

    love your screen name!
     
  3. Firemenlovechicks

    Firemenlovechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes,

    It's mostly to keep the run from getting muddy. My pen has 2X10 boards along the bottom, and I intend to fill the area with sand to help with drainage and keep the run a little more sanitary.
     
  4. Huskeriowa

    Huskeriowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am no expert with chickens but I do know about concrete sand since I sell concrete. If you were delivered sand that is locally produced for the use in concrete construction then you already have a course sand. From what I have read in this forum, this is the type of sand you want in a run. Concrete sand is a good product if you want decent drainage. Good luck.
     
  5. Firemenlovechicks

    Firemenlovechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thanks! This makes me feel better! Gonna be alot of work to get this done and I just don't want to have too many problems after I get it put in.....

    Jeff
     
  6. wolfandfinch

    wolfandfinch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! This makes me feel better! Gonna be alot of work to get this done and I just don't want to have too many problems after I get it put in.....

    Jeff

    Hey just because I don't know anything about sand OR chickens doesn't mean that his reply was so much better! haha [​IMG]
     
  7. Firemenlovechicks

    Firemenlovechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thanks! This makes me feel better! Gonna be alot of work to get this done and I just don't want to have too many problems after I get it put in.....

    Jeff

    Hey just because I don't know anything about sand OR chickens doesn't mean that his reply was so much better! haha [​IMG]

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