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Sand or shavings in the brooder???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by megnchicks, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. megnchicks

    megnchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I read somewhere that you can use sand in the coop instead of shavings. I heard it was easier to clean and the chickens love it. Currently I have two large plastic containers with a large hole in the middle (kind of like a tunnel) so my chicks have more room. I am getting ready to upgrade to a large appliance box so they have more room as they are getting too big for the tote containers (did I mention I have 21 chicks). Currently we use pine shavings from TSC but I'm considering using sand in the large box instead of shavings. Would this be ok, or are they too young for that. I do have a bowl of sand in the brooder for them to play in, but they rarely get in it.
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Lots of people use it . I would not personally
     
  3. megnchicks

    megnchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Can I ask your reasoning? Maybe you know something that I don't. I want to take all info before I make my final decision. Also is your opinion on sand all inclusive or just for the brooder?
     
  4. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Turtle Rock Poultry Premium Member

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    I used sand, they loved it, I loved it. Easy to clean & they have a blast dust bathing.
     

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