Sand in coop maintance ??s

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sab, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. sab

    sab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Newly built coop and I went with sand. Only it's now wet. Wasn't wet when I put it in. I suspect the duck (only 1). The wetness is all around the watering dish and that is raised up on blocks. Seems to be more than a good foot all around it. I thought in this heat, surely it would dry. Not! So tonight I put the blocks on top of a plastic tub lid with the watering dish on top of that. So now there is a "water catcher" - if that is what's doing it. Should I consider taking that wet sand out?? Or do you think it will dry in time (before winter). If the sand is wet during the winter, I suspect that will not be good for freezing little chicken/duck feet. There are 5 chickens and 1 duck living in a 8x8 coop. I'm getting ready to order sand for the run and changing it out is not an issue. What is causing it is. Any thoughts????

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    So wet sand is cool to lay in on hot days.
     
  3. sab

    sab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not warm on freezing cold days --- looking ahead toward winter. And don't I need to keep on top of moisture in the coop??
     
  4. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would say your duck, i put my one duck in my small coop for a couple days and he made a wet mess too. I just mixed up the sand and it dried out, but it its deep you could take it out, you know best.
     
  5. Chick named Lola

    Chick named Lola Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the same problem when it rained real good. I had to (and have to do more) re-grade it by adding fill dirt to to low spots and building up around the run. Now, I have put a bigger run in and I have to do it all over again! [​IMG] I put DE in the sand it keeps things dry and is great when the girls are dust bathing in it...
     
  6. Kudzu

    Kudzu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put the water sprinkler on my run just about every day. It wets the sand and they dig wallows to cool off. Sand dries quickly if it has sunlight on it.
     
  7. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    in winter (well not here) the shallow water will freeze (the water catcher), the sand water should not- unless it gets really really cold...
     
  8. sab

    sab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I am gathering from this that I should not be concerned about wet sand in a complete ft. radius around the waterer INSIDE the coop.... Right??
    Outside the coop - no sand yet. I was letting them eat the grass and destroy the ground before I brought in sand into the run. Outside, I expect the sand to get wet. Inside.... not so much. But you guys are saying it won't add to moisture issues this winter nor to freezing issues.... Just want to confirm I understand correctly. If just 1 of you say yes I am right then I will remove the plastic tub lid I have under the waterer as water catcher tomorrow.

    THANKS!!!
     
  9. Backwoods Bntms

    Backwoods Bntms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have sand in our coops and runs. We keep the water out side in the run which has a roof over it. That way there is no wet sand in the coop. The sand out side will dry pretty fast. Like others have said we spray water on the sand in the run on hot days and the chickens love it.
     
  10. sab

    sab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so here is another dumb ?

    I have 1 duck who thinks she is a chicken. She was raised with them. Can she go all night without water?? Seems that she is the one making the mess inside so that indicates to me that she is using it. The coop has an auto door opener/closer so the pop door does not stay open at night. The run is not predator proof so the duck can't stay outside @ night.

    Another dumb ? -- this can all be resolved if I put in a nipple watering system - can ducks use that???

    I'm just trying to puzzle this altogether for the best.

    THANKS!!
     

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