Sand is too fine- How can I remedy this

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Countrywantabe, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. Countrywantabe

    Countrywantabe In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2012
    Hi everyone- so my husband and father just completed a big new coop and put sand in it. Lots of sand. Only problem is it is really fine sand so it is clumping and I am having a hard time raking out the droppings like I was able too in our portable coop. Short of pulling out all that sand is there a way I can fix this by adding something to it like maybe coarse sand or will that just clump as well? Are we stuck this way? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I'd try adding coarse sand.
  3. gailmaison

    gailmaison In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2013
    dig out the sand and use wood shavings...the kind that comes in bales ...about $5 could spread it on top of the sand but I would remove the sand if it were me....sorry.... [​IMG]
  4. c2chicks

    c2chicks Chirping

    Instead of trying to 'rake' the sand, could you 'scoop' it instead--with a kitty litter scoop? Most folks that use sand scoop instead of rake. If your coop area is really big, you could put some screening over your rake to make a giant scoop.

  5. kimmerjo

    kimmerjo Chirping

    May 15, 2013
    western new york
    I put tons of little holes ( used a drill with the smallest bit I could find) in a 5 gal bucket . Then I rake my coop floor into a pile and shovel some into the bucket and shake it . The poop and hay and leaves stay in and the good sand falls out. I don't know if this will work for you I only put about a inch of sand on my floor .
  6. Countrywantabe

    Countrywantabe In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2012
    We have sand in our smaller coop but have never had this problem before now- we bought it from a different supplier (a full yard and a half). It would be great for sandcastles - not so great for the coop. I do have a kitty scoop but the sand is sticking in it even though the scoop has large holes not mesh. I don't think the sand is wet but it sure clumps and compacts. In the past we have preferred the sand - much easier to keep clean on a daily basis - just a few minutes each day.
  7. Irishhenman

    Irishhenman Songster

    Jul 2, 2013
    Use a courser sand like washed builders sand for making mortar. it will not clump up as much.

  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    If it's clumping, it's too wet.
    DRY sand won't clump, no matter how "fine" it is
    Instead of adding more sand, add more ventilation
  9. Yep... Probably the number one mistake I see made with sand. Many people use playground sand or poolfilter sand aand since this sand is specifically screened to be small and uniform sized it packs down and will soon be like concrete. If you use sand you need a builders sand sometimes also called river sand or concrete sand or mortar sand. You do not want uniformity of size. With that said; IMPO do as above and pull it all out and use wood chips or shavings. Build a poop board under the roost and put sand in there... Break that poop board sand up with stall dry in equal portion to the sand. Spend 5 minutes a day scooping it with a kitty scoop.... Done.

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