Sand vs Wood shavings

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sydney26, May 1, 2017.

  1. Sydney26

    Sydney26 New Egg

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    Hey everyone! New here, and I would like to know what's everyone's opinion on sand and wood shavings? Which is better?

    I would like to use sand in my chicken run but I don't know which to buy, I was purchasing some more chicken wire at my local hardware store and noticed they had construction sand, would this be fine? Please let me know, thank you!
     
  2. emmaellis111

    emmaellis111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With sand i would probably say that kids sand for sand pits would be better as it sterilized and there would be no bacteria in it.
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! I like to use both in my coop but for the run I would recommend sand. The wood shavings would likely blow away out in the run. They can also become quite messy in wet weather in my opinion. I would certainly use the play sand though just to be sure it's safe.

    You might like to check out this topic of the week on run management ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1134923/topic-of-the-week-chicken-run-management
    Hope you find it useful.

    Good luck and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Sydney26 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great advice and I use the deep litter method in my run, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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