1. amber.lyda

    amber.lyda Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 26, 2011
    I am planning on making my run into a sand pit. Someone told me that they would eat too much of the sand and it would make them sick. We live in a condo and the run is smaller for 4 chickens and I want to make it smell free for my neighbors. We are using sand in the brooder and I LOVE it. I just use a modified kitty scooper and scoop in once a week plus we dont end up with shavings in the water or food. Does anyone have any input?

    The last set of chickens we had; had free run of the yard so i didnt worry about what to put in the run, but now unfortunetly they may only get an hour or two to be let loose in the yard
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    A whole lot of people use sand in their runs, especially in suburbia for the exact reason you mention. You use sand in your brooder and they are not sick.

    It’s reasonable to become concerned when someone mentions something like that, but it is not something I would worry about based on thousands of people’s experiences from posts on this forum and your experience in your brooder.
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    They eat everything, but they don't overindulge on the sand. Besides, you are going to get the sand back.

    I use river sand in my run and gravel in the driveway. They leave plenty for everyone.

  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I agree with what everyone has sad.
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    what an adorable coop! you have anymore pictures of it? I am doing sand in mine as soon as i can, it's been a mudhole the last few times we've had a melt, ugh. Right now it's dirt and frozen solid and snow covered but mud will be back!

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