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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ahoppy, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. ahoppy

    ahoppy Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2016
    Spokane , WA.
    Hi my name is Al . I have 5 golden sex links and 2RI reds all babies. I was thinking of putting a sand box in the brooder for them to scratch... It's a fine silica sand made for swimming pool filtration. Is this a good or bad idea in regards to harming my birds? Thank you !!
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I have read it's a bad idea because they can consume too much sand and have troubles. If you can get some greens like lettuce or spinach or clumps of sod if your ground is unfrozen to peck at, also a short perch can keep them entertained.
  3. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Not the fine silica sand. You want the untreated plain river sand. Not construction sand , either (as it can have chemicals in it).
    Buy some chick gravel and put it in a cup. They will figure it out. The problem with them mistaking sand for food only happens when newly hatched. At that time, just put paper towels or that waffle weave drawer liner on the bottom of the coop. Then sprinkle a little bit of grit on top their food for a day or so. Not enough that it will impact their nutrition. Then after 2 days, put in a cup of chick grit. By then they have figured out where the feed is and will not mistake the grit for it. By the time they are old enough to move off the drawer liner or paper towel, hey have the grit and feed thing figured out and they can move to the river sand floored brooder.
    The 2nd page of the brochure in post #4...has the how and where feeding instructions.
  5. ahoppy

    ahoppy Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2016
    Spokane , WA.
    Thank you kindly for your response.

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