Sakrete Play Sand Product WARNING!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickDrmr, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. ChickDrmr

    ChickDrmr In the Brooder

    Went back to Lowe's today to get some more sand today. I had bought some a couple weeks ago for my flooded run and it turned green the next day. I had put a post on here asking for help without much resolution other than it might still be too wet. So, off to the store I went to get some more.

    When I went to purchase the Sakrete Play Sand (the same stuff I bought last time) the cashier was alerted not to sell it because the product was under investigation. The manager then came out and verified that it was indeed under investigation for turning green and growing mold! Closer inspection of the bags I was about to purchase showed small patches of green in the bags. The same color that my run turned. The manager was very nice and refunded me for the 24 bags I bought previously without a receipt or product. He stated the the company was refunding them for all the product they received.

    If you purchased Sakrete Play Sand in the past month or so and it turned green, I would investigate with the store you purchased it from.

    More concerning is not knowing what my girls have been exposed to the past couple weeks.
  2. am07hm10

    am07hm10 Hatching

    Jun 22, 2013
    spotsylvania, va
    Thank you for the warning! I just bought a few bags of sand for my children a week ago. I will check to see if it is the same brand.
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    If I posted about the sand, I was assuming that you had not purchased sand in bags. I purchase sand from a landscape supply company where it is in bulk and not likely to be contaminated.

  4. chynasparks

    chynasparks Songster

    Jun 21, 2013
    O my goodness! I can't imagine the difficulty of getting all that out of you run, and I hope your flock is ok. I purchased quikcrete. It's doing well. Even so if I need to buy another bag I plan to check the bags.
  5. GimmeCake

    GimmeCake Songster

    May 8, 2013
    I was thinking about getting sand bedding haha! I guess I gotta look out for that brand.
  6. ChickDrmr

    ChickDrmr In the Brooder

    @chfite- No worries. I wasn't trying to discredit your advice, one other post pretty much said the same thing you had. It's all I had to go by so i went with it. It's a learning experience. :) Chickens are fine and dandy. I just wish it would stop raining for one day.
  7. appps

    appps Crowing

    Aug 29, 2012

    Isn't that a brand of quick set concrete????
  8. Chicken Man Dan

    Chicken Man Dan In the Brooder

    Nov 4, 2011
    Suburban Ontario
    Quikcrete is just a brand name. On first glance I thought the same as you. lol
  9. appps

    appps Crowing

    Aug 29, 2012
    Phew. Had visions if it raining and the owner coming home to find all their chooks stuck fast in the mud lol
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Might just be some algae or moss...ugly but probably not toxic.
    Would be curious to know what the green stuff actually is.

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