Sand in coop, run, nesting box ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by itsmechrissy, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. itsmechrissy

    itsmechrissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    SE Wisconsin
    For those of you that use sand .... do you use it in the coop and the run? How about the nesting box? We used sand in our run and will probably in the coop too but I'm wasn't sure if it's right for the nesting box?

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I would not use sand in the nesting box. It just does not feel right.

    Most birds tend to gather vegetation to make a nest, whether wild birds nesting in trees or birds nesting on the ground. The vegetation helps insulate the eggs both from the cold from the ground if they want to hatch them but also from moisture (or lack of moisture) in the ground. There are a lot of different things you can use in a nest, but I think they will be more comfortable with wood shavings, straw, hay, dried grass clippings, shredded newspaper, something in there to line it with.

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