Sand in my coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by califrame, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. califrame

    califrame In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2016
    So i've read alot about putting sand in the coop and i think i'm going that route. Those of you that do it can you suggest a good type of sand to use? and it does not rain a whole lot in San Diego but it is this time of year. We are going to get about 2 inches starting tomorrow. If i had sand does it dry up pretty fast? i threw a pic of what i'm working with. the pine shavings are getting a little old to maintain.. looking for something a little easier! [​IMG]
  2. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Songster

    Feb 28, 2013
    Northwest Hills of CT
    I use sand in my run, and it works well, but does require some maintenance. You can rake it to get the poop off, and use it as fertilizer in your gardens. I have ducks as well as chickens, and they tend to step in it and pack it down, so every couple of months I scrape off the hard dried layer of poop off the top, and put it in my gardens. Once a year I bring in a yard of new sand to top off what I have removed.

    You want course sand. River sand is perfect if you can find it. Fine sand will not drain as well. Good luck!
  3. Coyox

    Coyox Chirping

    Apr 8, 2016
    Belleville, MI
    I have a large sandbox in our coop.....

    Look up "Sand Dipper Jr." on That thing is so useful for cleaning.

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