sand.. in coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AtRendeAcres, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    Does anybody use sand in their coop? [​IMG]
  2. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    yeah. its fine. they love to bathe in it too!
  3. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I do I must have 400lbs of sand on the floor of my coop and then a layer of coastal hay on top of that.
  4. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    What about warmth??
  5. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    what is coastal hay?
  6. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    I have about 6 tons in mine. Not many complaints about it. Keeps the bug factor way down. Mites are not an issue, flies are very few and far between.

    In the winter I use shavings for warmth but for those that roost it seems rather a waste. For sweetening after cleaning I rake PDZ into the sand.
  7. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    Mine is gonna be sand..... because thats what is there already! [​IMG]

    I've got some sweetPDZ on the way to me in the mail - I'm not sure how much to use (if anyone can let me know!)

    Here is a pic. My coop is still in progress, it used to be a shed full of junk - we just got the insulation up today and will nail up those pieces of wood you see in the pic.

  8. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    I've got a small coop, that the chickens only sleep in. I was using shaving, but switched to sand. We scoop the poop like a cat litter box, and it works great. I'm not sure if it would we so wonderful in a wetter or colder climate.

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