Hi, We're brand new to chickens...but not new to birds. We've had a budgie for a year and a half now. The reason I'm writing this thread is to ask about sand. We have decided to put sand in the bottom of the chicken coop, like many others have done with very good results. That being said, we're going to buy it as a truckload, which means we're going to have a lot of sand left over. I know I'm using some in the bottom of our garden beds, and I'm going to use some to mix in with some of my houseplants. But...what about the budgie? We'll have a pretty significant mountain of sand left when we are finished, and plan on putting the extra in an airtight container. Is there any reason (you can think of) to NOT use this sand in our budgie's litter tray? She'd never step on it or even come close to eating it (there is a slatted tray on the bottom of her cage and her poopies go beneath that, onto the newspaper. I take the newspaper out twice a week and replace it with 'new' newspaper, and once a week her entire cage, perches, toys, etc gets a thorough scrub down with plain hot water. Lining the tray with sand and being able to simply 'scoop out' her excrement, seems like it would be much easier, and more sanitary....but I can't find any information on it anywhere. I already know that they shouldn't have sand perches and such...that's completely different, as she wouldn't be able to get anywhere near this stuff. Here's a factory image of her cage (I broke my camera so I used the next best thing) The tray is obviously the large black thing on the cage. However...there's a good 2 inches of 'space' between that and her tray that she walks around on. (would also like to use a mix of DE and Sweet PDZ with the sand) She's *never* had mites or bugs of any sort, but I'd like to keep it that way....and I can't stand the stench those little circular containers of parakeet protector put off. Thanks in advance.