Sand...lots of it in chicken run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickylou, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. chickylou

    chickylou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2009
    Hi all!

    Could you tell me about chickens and sand. We are building our coop and chicken run inside of what used to be an old pool off surrounded by a deck. Once we take down and throw out the old tarp, there will be all sand underneath.

    Will this be OK for the chickens to run about on? If possible we want to use it, but I don't hear or see a lot of posts about sand and chickens.


    Thanks in advance:D
  2. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    I have sand in my run.
    I like it better than wood shavings, because it stays drier and the chickens don't eat it.

    I take a sieve to it occasionally if it gets yucky, but the poop seems to break up into little tiny dry bits in the sand.
  3. SpunkyChicken

    SpunkyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    New Hampshire
    I don't see the problem, after all chickens love to take dirt baths, and sand is a pretty good medium for doing so [​IMG]
  4. BrackenFarms

    BrackenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    its natural. its grit. its easy cleanup. its what i use. you guessed it ding ding ding its sand. haha i use sand and it serves many purposes... the chicks eat it so you do not have to give them grit. they can get in the dry sand and take a nice dust bath and its easy to sift out the litter... i use a 6 inch deep base of river sand because it is a little more coarse. under a pool they probably used play sand which is finer but i would still use it
  5. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Yep my husband just brought in a truckload for what is going to be my silkie run.
  6. johndadu

    johndadu New Egg

    Jan 4, 2009
    yes .no problem .
  7. G Wiz Ranch

    G Wiz Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    Lompoc, CA
    My soil on the entire ranch is like a rich beach sand, chickens love it, they can take a bath ANYwhere.
  8. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2008
    Carson City, NV
    Having just spent over an hour on poop patrol in the shavings...I'm even thinking of using it inside the coop.

    I've got one roost with a big plastic tub with some sand in it and it is sooo easy to scoop the 'stuff' out. And they're only two months old, so when they're bigger...I think you'll be able to duct tape a kitty litter scoop onto an old shovel handle and scoop pretty easily.

    Although I like whoever said they screen it out...that I'd like to see! Like an arena drag or something????
  9. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    Lucky you! I have to BUY mine! It's great in the run. Rake the poop out, drains well, and the girls love it.

    Colby in KY

    50 GLW, 10 EEs, soon to be mom to 25 BLRW
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The only thing about sand is that it's super easy to dig through, so if the fence is in the sandy area (or at the edge) you need to make EXTRA sure that a buried section, or a horizontal apron, prevents hungry things from getting in. Or dust-bathing chickens from unexpectedly finding themselves on the wrong side of the wire [​IMG]

    Have fun,


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