Sand in Coop warm enough in winter?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GwenM, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. GwenM

    GwenM Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2013
    Lehigh County, PA
    First time chicken owner....We just purchased chicks 2 weeks ago, chicken coop is almost done and we are trying to decide what to use in coop and run. I definitely want to use sand in the run, but should I do sand in the coop as well? I worry that in the winter time the sand would be so cold (live in PA outside of Philly). Does this present a problem with anyone else? I have read so many threads and I have never read anyone else concerned about using sand in the winter time. Sorry if this seems like a dumb question...

    I am assuming for the nest boxes should I use straw or pine shavings?
  2. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Westfield, Indiana
    You will be much more happy with pine chips in the nest boxes rather than straw. Make sure your coop floor is high and dry. During cold nights your birds will be up on the roost bars. You can make those wide so that they can cover their "feetsies". You can add a few plywood covered pallets on the floor to give your birds some options. Good Luck!

  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    I think you are right. I think it is colder on their feet in the winter. I like sand in the part of my run that doesn't have grass, but I'd never put it in the coop here. Some materials are colder to stand or sit on than others in cold weather. Think about different materials you stand on in bare feet or sit on in different types of weather. Wood is always a more comfortable temperature than concrete, sand or metal. There used to be threads about this a few years ago.
  4. GwenM

    GwenM Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2013
    Lehigh County, PA
    thank you both for your reply. I think I'm going to do pine shavings in the coop and sand in the run!!! Thanks!!
  5. miquwid

    miquwid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2013
    Western NY
    My Coop
    I was wondering the same thing, then I found that you could put straw on top of the sand but not pine shavings during the winter or especially wet days/nights. When I get the money I will be using sand but shavings in the nest box. Good luck with everything!
  6. wsmith

    wsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know that many are fans of sand in the coop, but I am not one of them.

    In my hen house, I espouse the deep litter method of bedding, and use a comination (whatever is available at the time) of dry leaves, straw, old hay, and wood mulch. Very easy on the chickens' feet. Less cold conductivity than concrete, stone or sand.

    My fenced run is too big to buy and use sand. I figure that chickens developed on dirt, grass, weeds, etc, sand included, so they get whatever is naturally out there. I add wood mulch as available during the winter so they have stuff to scratch around in. Keeps them busy and happy.
  7. bparker19

    bparker19 New Egg

    Nov 12, 2015
    I live just outside of Philly and am wondering where you got your sand? I'm doing the same thing--pine shavings in the coop and want to do sand in the run.

    Thanks for any help you can provide!

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