Sand for my coop & run??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Karen711, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to be a first time chicken keeper. After all the reading I have been doing I think I am going to go for sand in both the coop & run. Seems to be the easiest way to keep both the coop & run the cleanest by just scooping. Is this good idea??
    :)
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I've used either sand or fine pea gravel for years and they both work very good as they drain quickly and are easy to clean. Just be sure and use a coarse river sand and not fine beach sand which can impact chicks' crops.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    agree
     
  4. PixieAndDust

    PixieAndDust Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, washed construction grade sand for chicken coop and run is the absolute best! [​IMG]

    • Natural grit
    • Excellent dust bath material
    • Excellent next box material
    • No impact crop from ingesting straw & hay
    • Great drainage
    • Dries super quick
    • Dry sand = no bugs, bacteria, fungus
    • Retains heat in winter
    • Cools coop in summer
    • Easy to "scoop" poo
    • Clean feet & nails
    • No "mud ball" toes

    Sand is all that I have ever used.

    Pictures are located in the "My Coop" tab
     
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  5. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much sand it is :)
     
  6. Mr BrahmaRama

    Mr BrahmaRama Out Of The Brooder

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    Couple more tips. Bags of sand tend to have a lot of moisture. Before adding sand to my coop, I spread the sand out over my drive way and let it dry out for a few hours. Occasionally, if my hens haven't been venturing out much do to weather, the moisture load will start to build up inside. I just toss a few scoops of SweetPDZ in and mix it around in the sand. It absorbs moisture and eliminates odor. Lastly, get yourself a Dura Fork and wrap it in 1/8" hardware cloth. It works great for sifting out the solid waist.

    Good Luck.
     
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  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You're welcome.
     
  8. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awsome info thanks sooooo much. I will get some to have on hand and the rake as well.
    Can't wait to get my chicks just to exciting!!!!!
     
  9. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a fly problem at all?? I have read so much about flys with having chickens???
     
  10. Mr BrahmaRama

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    No fly problem here. you just need to make sure you do a bit of clean up every day. If droppings collect, flies will gather.
     

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