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Sand Box size

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Roxiechic, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Roxiechic

    Roxiechic New Egg

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    Hi everyone,

    I thank you all for the good advice I've been reading since late summer, when I got it in my head I wanted some chickens.
    So, I built my own coop and pen area and have been taking great care of my six lovely ladies, 2 Buffs, a RI, a BR, an Americauna and a Blue Andalucian. They seem happy and just about 5 months now.

    Anyway, today I made a sand box for them out of 2x2 pine, it's 2" square, but my question is how deep should it be?

    Also, they're eating it instead of dusting in it. Is this a bad thing?

    Your thoughts are appreciated.

    Roxiechic
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    It's okay if they eat the sand - it will pass right through. (Unless you are using "All Purpose" sand instead of "play" sand, as the former has little bits of rock, pebbles, tiny stones in it - and that's GOOD because then they can utilize it as grit.). Plus, it's new to them, but the newness will wear off and they won't eat much, later on.

    I'd make it about three inches deep. I used a large kitty litter pan, just the bottom tray style, not a covered litter box.
     
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  3. Mygirls20

    Mygirls20 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are on nothing but sand (except for their outside run) I dont even need to give them grit cause they eat the sand. The will eventually stop I wouldnt be to concerned. Then they will start to bathe in it. Mine wait till the sun warms up the sand (I live in Colorado so its been pretty cold lately) I love the fact that they are on sand all the time I go out once a day with a kitty scooper and pick up the poo its a lot easier then laying down straw or wood chippings I dont have to rake everything up and toss it all. makes compost a lot easier and quicker too. Hope this helps
     
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  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Roxiechic, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I agree with the advice of mygirls20. Best of luck to you!
     

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