Sand compacting

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sakmeht, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Sakmeht

    Sakmeht Chirping

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    So we have sand in our run - don't know which kind because my husband picked some up from a guy on Craigslist who was trying to turn his background into a beach and failed miserably - guess the cats were leaving deposits for him! I'm assuming it's a playground sand which I know isn't ideal. The hens have been on it for 3 months now.

    So anyway, I was watering our backyard there was a 'whoopsie' and I came out to find standing water in the chicken run - eventually it dried but the left side is really compacted. I took a pitchfork to it and worked it up into some clumps. Will this even back out if the chickens stratch around in it? I know I'll need to replace it eventually with something like a mason sand... thanks for the response!
     
  2. mrkpero

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    I have sand in my run and it's like yours is. It always gets pretty compacted with heavy rains. I rake it daily and the chickens help with this too. I do add a ton of sand each spring to replace what gets compacted and what gets removed with cleaning. Hope this helps!
     
  3. Ksane

    Ksane Crowing

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    I've got construction sand and mine compacts every day, too. I have to rake it all the time. So I don't think it's because yours is playsand. I wish now I'd have used playsand.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

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    It will be fine as soon as it dries well

    Sand is sand.
    "Play" sand just gets rinsed more

    Use the cheapest you can find, because the chickens don't care
     
  5. Pharm Girl

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    I mix the sand with playground bark chips outside in our rainy climate. The chips are thinker, so the chickens can churn things up easier. They also suck up the water.
     
  6. Sakmeht

    Sakmeht Chirping

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  7. SteveBaz

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    yep sand is sand. It gets wet and compresses. Rake it once in a while is required. Poo pick up is real easy.
     
  8. Cat litter works well too [​IMG]
     
  9. Sakmeht

    Sakmeht Chirping

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    Thanks everyone - we'll see how it goes. If it keeps compacting badly, I'll try to find a lighter more 'fluffy' type of sand.
     
  10. Pharm Girl

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    The bark chips work wonders outside too.
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