Sand in the brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Berkshiremom, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Berkshiremom

    Berkshiremom Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, just wondering if sand could be used in a brooder for baby chicks? Seems like a easy way to keep it clean while the babies are gowing. any thoughts?
     
  2. Berkshiremom

    Berkshiremom Out Of The Brooder

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    Anybody?
    can sand be used instead of pine shavings? is it safe as bedding for chicks in brooder? Thanks
     
  3. flockmom

    flockmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I use sand in the brooder, also in the coop and run. It is great! For your brooder, cover the sand with paper towels for the first 3 or 4 days until your chicks learn where their food is.

    Enjoy!
     
  4. xyresicchick

    xyresicchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chicks have had sand in the brooder as grit since their first week. i didnt give them the sand at first because i didn't want them to confuse it with food. so i waited until a week was passed and then gave them a sandbox to play in. they love it.
     
  5. Berkshiremom

    Berkshiremom Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much..my chicks are a week old and Im gonna switch the to sand.
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    We use pine shavings for the first couple weeks then switch it to sand. The sand is much much easier.

    Steve
     

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