sand in brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lilchicklover, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. lilchicklover

    lilchicklover Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    I read a post about using sand in half of the brooder or in the whole thing does any one know where it is. Also I was thinking about doing that is their any down side to making the whole brooder sand? My chicks are 2 weeks old if that makes a difference. Oh if half and half is better than any ideas oon how to speparate the 2 sides. Thanks soo much.
  2. Silkie horsechick

    Silkie horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Northwest Pennsylvania
    I was just looking for an answer to this myself.
    Just went to all sand in the adult pens and run.
    want to switch baby and grow pens but don't know if this is a problem.
  3. chicken_noob

    chicken_noob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2011
    Chehalis WA.
    I just built a new brooder yesterday. Its 3'x4' by 2' high. I divided it with a 1' tall board that has a lil doorway in it. I put pine shavings in 1/2 with a roost and some grass clipppings. The other side I put sand in it (2 bricks one to hold the water and one for the feeder) they love it.
  4. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    I have switched to using sand in my brooders. The only down side is that the sand is not as absorbant as shaings so the poop sits on top. But you can easily just skim it off the sand with a small shovel or other scooping device. The sand is safer for the chicks to eat and actually works as grit in their digestion. Plus, the sand holds and radiates heat from their lamp making them warmer and very happy. They enjoy digging in it, and when they do throw it in their water in just sinks to the bottom rather than making a huge wet mess. If you clean often the sand seems much more sanitary to me, and the chicks love it. Good luck.
  5. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2010
    South Central Texas

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