SAND IN RUN

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JOSEPHC, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. JOSEPHC

    JOSEPHC Out Of The Brooder

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    I am planning to place sand in my new run and have read all the forum's reasons why. As I live less than a mile from the bay beach, can I use beach sand (which is extremely clean and appears to be fine to medium sand.)?
     
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, Beach sand will work.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    My only concern is that it might be pretty salty. Chickens and a lot of other inland birds can't handle extra salt the way sea gulls and other beach birds can. They will eat the sand to use as grit. If you can figure out how, I'd suggest you rinse it with fresh water before you put it in. I don't know that there would be enough salt to hurt them, but I consider rinsing a reasonable precaution.

    Other than potential problems with salt, it should work great.
     
  4. chickenneighbor

    chickenneighbor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you get sand fleas down there? You might want to check for those little nasties too.
     

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