Sand in the run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jackson41, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. jackson41

    jackson41 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm reading posts that say sand is cold for the winter in a run. What should be put down over the sand in the winter? My run never gets wet or has snow on it my wire is covered with plastic with a 6" vent around the top of the run. Thanks
     
  2. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have snow often, and it is only when the sand is covered with snow that my chickens avoid their run. Otherwise, regardless how cold it is, they enjoy being outside in their sand covered run. I do have a couple of straw bales and perches out there if warming their feet is an issue, but I suspect not.
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could be wrong, but I thought the concern about sand was using it for a substrate inside the coop in winter. Unlike shavings, the chickens can't snuggle down into sand for warmth at night.
     

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