Sand from driveway for run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by leight54, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. leight54

    leight54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This winter, we had sand spread on the ice in our driveway. I've swept (and swept and SWEPT) it into a pile, and am wondering why I can't use it in my chicken run. It has a variety of coarseness, from pebbles to fine sand, and includes quite a bit of mica. Fellow New Englanders? Do you know if mica would be harmful to my chickens? Do you have a lot of it in your soil? It's shiny, so they might be attracted to it.

  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    I don't know about the mica, but in general sand is a good thing in a chicken run.
  3. Chihuahuamom444

    Chihuahuamom444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
    Quote:I would say No cause you cant be sure there is no salt in it right ? If you are sure it is totally salt free than I guess It'd be ok
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Mica is not generally toxic so I would not worry about that. And whatever salt was in it has presumably long since washed out onto your lawn, the road ditch, etc etc. So I'd say go for it -- ALTHOUGH, it is likely to be such a small amount of sand as to not make any real *difference* to your chicken run *either*, at least not after the first few weeks when it gets mixed in.

    If it were me, I'd save it in a bucket for next winter's use on the driveway. Seriously [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    I would worry about any motor oil or anything like that, even small/trace amounts...

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