Sand for the run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PatS, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. PatS

    PatS Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Northern Califonia
    Our sweet little chicks arrived yesterday and are happily sleeping, peeping, and pooping in their brooder. DH is out in the yard; the coop is done and now he is digging out the perimeter of the run to bury the hardware cloth to keep critters from getting to our chickens when they are big enough to move outside.

    I have read that sand in the run is THE way to keep things clean for the chickens. I am wondering is all sand created equal when it comes to chickens? The construction yard has a choice of washed and unwashed by the yard. Does it matter? Is there a type of sand to avoid? Please let us know!

    Thank you!
  2. PatS

    PatS Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Northern Califonia
    Does anyone have input? I know sand will be much better than the clay soil we have now!
  3. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

    Apr 28, 2009
    I use sand! it's much MUCH cleaner.. keeps down smell and moisture. I love it [​IMG]
  4. CitySoil

    CitySoil Chirping

    Jan 13, 2009
    South Louisiana
    I'm thinking about adding some 4x4s around the perimeter of the run (i've got plenty of old lumber) and adding a layer of sand to help with drainage.

    Has anyone else done this?
  5. dsedler

    dsedler Chirping

    Mar 27, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    I lined the base of my run with 2 x 10's and filled with gravel and then sand. You can see pics of what I did on my BYC page. I used construction sand because that's all I could get at the time. I do know some people here have used playground sand that you buy in bags from Home Depot or Lowes. I don't think it really matters what kind you use.

    I can't comment on how it works yet because the chicks are still in their brooder on my porch, but from what I have read here, most everyone who uses it likes it.
  6. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    fine road base will also work. it is like fine, gray grit dust with a few larger pieces of grit and gravel all mixed together. You can top that off with the playsand from time to time to keep it nice.
  7. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Songster

    I used washed sand and I am very pleased with it so far. The poop just disappears for the most part and every now and again I give it a light raking and it is as good as new. Hope that helps.
  8. deeredawn

    deeredawn In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2009
    Nova, Ohio
    I, personally, haven't had any luck with sand. They (mine) eat it and not the food. I ca'nt wait to hear how it all works out!
  9. BBK

    BBK Songster

    Apr 14, 2009
    upstate NY
    I used sand b/c the dirt bottom was getting awful and after it poured, it was a muddy mess. But I only put sand in where I walked. a third of our run is sand.... it's great! [​IMG]

    At first our chicks tried to eat it, but then realized it wasn't food....[​IMG]:idunno

    we used construction sand too, what ever is the cheapest is how we went. [​IMG]

    i also had to have hubby built a feeder with a roof, we were losing money with the other feeder. so, now everyone's happy.[​IMG]

  10. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Six to twelve inches of construction sand is the best way to go because you'll never have to worry about their getting enough grit. Spread a thin layer of food-grade diatomaceous earth a couple times a month. Daily throw in a handful of birdseed; doing that, the chickens will scratch to get every morsel, in turn keeping everything covered with sand.
    See my BYC Page under my picture for ideas that you might like.

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