Sand vs pine shavings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicky1016, May 7, 2016.

  1. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2015
    South jersey USA
    Picking pine shavings out of the water 10 times a day is starting to get old. Can i just get some play sand from Lowe's? Its been raining here all week so nothing is dry. I figured it would also service as dust bathing too. Thoughts?
  2. LukePalmer

    LukePalmer Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2016
    Essex UK
    I've only herd of good things when it comes to sand. Sharpe sand has grit in it as well so serves as that purpose as well. I'm doing all my run in sand
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Are you talking about in a brooder?
    Have you tried putting the water up on a brick or block of wood?
    That can really help.

    I use washed and kiln dried bagged sand mixed with PDZ in the brooder....'s pretty nice for sifting out poops but can turn to cement on their feet, toes, and especially toenails when mixed with a gooey poop.

    You also have to make sure they don't eat too much of it,
    by putting their food on something solid (I use a large tote lid) for the first week.
  4. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2016
    I hate this as well. I started with a half brick just to get the feeder and waterer off the brooder floor. 7days later, put a half a cinder block to raise the waterer off more. This has helped a tad.
    PS play sand is AWFUL for chicks as its to fine.
    Last edited: May 7, 2016

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