sand in winter?

Keene's coop

Songster
9 Years
Feb 8, 2010
408
1
121
neenah, wisconsin
i live in wisconsin and was thinking about using sand instead of woodchips. does the sand help keep the chickens warm? sand does get real cold in the winter. so for you peeps in the snowy states, what are your thoughts on this?
 

wingless

Songster
9 Years
Jan 11, 2011
395
76
137
Ann Arbor, MI
My Faverolles have sand in the covered run and pine shavings in the coop, and seemed completely impervious to our Michigan winter. I did shovel snow out of the run 2 or 3 times, but only because they wanted to be outside all day, every day. The sand helps dry the droppings, and it is very easy to rake the run every week or two to remove the worst of the mess. I think it is a great choice.

Wendy
 

Keene's coop

Songster
9 Years
Feb 8, 2010
408
1
121
neenah, wisconsin
in the summer, whenever i cut the grass, i put all the clippings in the run. so the sand would be useless in the run. and i never clean out the run. haven't needed too.
 

River Rats

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 15, 2010
37
0
22
Im also in WI. I use wood shavings in the coop and sand in the covered part of the run, They like to dust bath in it in the summer. I would also like to use sand in the coop, But the cold winters dont allow me to.
 

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