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Sand in the run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GLBRWyans, May 27, 2011.

  1. GLBRWyans

    GLBRWyans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to use sand in the coop area . What to get , kid's play sand , concrete sand ...???.... they won't overdose on it , if they eat it for grit will they ? [​IMG]
     
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use plain old quarry sand and do just fine. They will pick some but just what they need and won't confuse it with feed. Makes clean up a breeze with sand, a leaf rake, and a kitty litter scoop, huh
     
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  3. MrJesse34

    MrJesse34 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I bought it by the bag. They had play sand, and also other cheaper generic sand. I used both. No difference as far as I can tell and no issues with the chickens at all.
     
  4. GLBRWyans

    GLBRWyans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I bought it by the bag. They had play sand, and also other cheaper generic sand. I used both. No difference as far as I can tell and no issues with the chickens at all.

    Thanks to you all for the response .[​IMG]
     
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  5. sassifrassi

    sassifrassi Out Of The Brooder

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    Quick question for those using sand...
    My chicks are six weeks old. Will their poop get bigger? I am finding that their poop falls through the cat litter scoop and a rake is usless to pick up their small poops. I have had to tape some window screening to the cat litter scoop for it to be effective but it makes clean-up that much more tedious.[​IMG]
    PS - I've never had chickens before therefore the question.
    Thanks!
     
  6. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've been wondering the same thing - the cat scoop is a PITA! But maybe they will grow into it. We got a reptile scoop too, but it's too fine for the grit sized pebbles I put in there. Still trying to figure it all out.
     
  7. Crazy4mypeeps

    Crazy4mypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, their poo will get bigger and easier to pick up with the litter scoop. I have some that poo piles as big as their eggs. LOL
     
  8. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:oh, good times. something to look forward to [​IMG]
     
  9. Quote:oh, good times. something to look forward to [​IMG]

    [​IMG] We're now on round 2 for the tractor, although this one may be too big to move around. [​IMG] So, I am definitely thinking sand in the run and inside, to help with smell, etc.

    Do y'all have a lot of wind? We have a lot of wind. And I do mean *a lot*. Like, hurricane force winds, dust storms and brown sky. We often say we have two seasons- windy and hot and windy. [​IMG] It's nothing to get sand blasted outside, literally.

    My biggest concern is if this is all going to blow around and be a problem. I'm thinking I can water it down to help on the really bad days, and inside won't be a problem. But I'd hate to put all that down, lose it the next day and give my neighbors a really great, free sandbox. Anyone have experience with sand and a lot of wind?

    Tikki [​IMG]
     

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