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SAND-okay on the floor inside the coop??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by capebird, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going to do pine wood shavings on the flloor.... inside the hen house....
    but after reading so much about sand, I'm now thinking of using it. From what i've read
    it seems most people use it in the run.... but what about on interior floor of the hen house?
     
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Works great and easy to clean. If you have a tractor, it may make it heavy but otherwise give it a try, I think you will like it

    Please be sure that no matter what you use a litter, to seal the floor or cover with vinyl to prevent moisture and poo from soaking in
     
  3. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does paint seal it ok?
     
  4. chicktwins

    chicktwins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also had a question about sand in the coop. I was telling a friend yesterday that I was thinking of using sand in the coop instead of shavings. Her response was that in her experiences with sand in general is that it always ends up being mite ridden and that I should be careful using sand since chickens get mites and lice anyway. I have read such good things about sand and how easy it is to scoop poop out of coops. Has anyone had mite problems with their sand?
     
  5. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's working great for me and the hens love it. Winter has yet to be seen, mind you...
     
  6. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mixed in a bunch of DE into my sand on the floor of my house and have never seen a mite.

    Super easy to clean. I have a kitty litter scoop next to their house and scoop each morning and toss the droppings into the compost bin.
     
  7. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    We use sand here, rake it once a week and mix some DE or seven dust in when we do the nest boxes. of course we don't have winters here, so don't have to worry about the cold and snow.
     
  8. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes. Several coats of latex paint will seal it and the latex is safe once dry.
     
  9. andrea98

    andrea98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will the eggs still be ok to eat with DE
    or7 dust mixed in????
     
  10. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE is safe to eat. It doesn't have much flavor, though. So it's safe to eat the eggs too.

    Sevin is a pesticide. So there is always a risk of it being absorbed into the chicken. Some say it's safe, other say no. The company website says not to use it on animals, so it's hard to have a clear answer on that.
     

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