1. bartonlynch

    bartonlynch Out Of The Brooder

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    If I use a sand floor in my coop, will it stay cold in the coop? The page on using sand floors says that's one of the plusses in the summer, but is it a minus in the winter?
    Also, have you all had good experiences with sand flooring?
    I live in Kentucky, so it's not too cold, but will it be too cold for chickens?
     
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  2. elmo

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    Chickens can't nestle into sand for warmth the way they can nestle into a bed of pine shavings. But if the chickens are roosting on a dry, draft free roost, I can't see how what's on the floor should make that much difference, anyway.

    I used sand in my coop and runs last winter, and I have tiny bantams of a breed not known to be cold hardy. I was worried about them, so I brought them into our attached garage on freezing nights and bedded them down in shavings filled dog crates. I even added heat from an oil filled radiator on the coldest nights.

    We had some days that stayed in the twenties as the high temperature, and because I didn't want to leave the chickens cooped up in crates all day, I let them out in the run and watched them carefully. Even my tiny birds were able to manage 20's with no problem whatsoever! And by tiny, I mean they weigh about a pound to a pound and a half.

    If you have standard sized birds, I wouldn't be worried at all.
     
  3. bartonlynch

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    so are you saying don't do sand floors at all?
    Or can I just add straw to the sand in winter?
     
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  4. CountryFried

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    Are your roosts where the chickens won't be in a draft while they are sleeping? Do your chickens sleep on the floor?

    I am using a sand floor, BUT, I've JUST moved my flocks into my coop, these are my first chickens, and I live in South Alabama, so it's not really all that cold. From what I gather from the elmo's post, though, if your roost isn't in a draft you will be fine. If it IS in a draft, you could just provide something (dog crate, or something similar) with a lot of pine or straw bedding for them to snuggle up in on cold nights and they should be fine.
     
  5. elmo

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    Quote:No, I'm not saying that. I was saying that sand worked fine for me in North Texas last winter, and I have tiny bantams that are much more sensitive to cold than a standard size chicken would be.
     
  6. elmo

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    Quote:If your roost is in a draft, I'd close up where the air is getting in to block off the draft. Drafts are not good in winter.
     

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