Should I change it

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chicken1328, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. chicken1328

    chicken1328 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2014
    I have wood shavings in my coop bit heated sand is good should I change it from wood shaving to sand or should I just add sand to the shavings many thanks
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    It really is your decision. I use shavings in my coop and I, personally, do not agree with the use of sand in the coop. But there are many sand users on here that will tell you that sand is the best bedding you could ever use in the coop. Sand is easier to clean and isn't as dusty. But your chickens will have to risk of crop impaction if they eat sand plus sand gets cold and hot easily.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - as Mountainpeeps says, "It's your choice." I, too, have always used wood chips (or crushed corncob), but many swear by sand.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  5. chicken1328

    chicken1328 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2014
    Ok I wil stick with shavings for now
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I am one of those that worship sand!! Love it and will never go back to wood shavings! I use it in a COVERED run, in the coop AND even in the nest boxes!! Sand is easy to clean and maintain. It stays dry when wet, it absorbs all poop smells, keeps the flies away and the chickens love to scratch around in it. Works as grit as well. I find it wonderful to hose down in the summer time to keep the chickens incredibly feet mean cool birds! I left shavings long ago and will never return. I do not recommend mixing sand and shavings however, one or the other.

    Here is a nice thread on using sand so you can get a better idea....

    Good luck in what ever bedding you chose and welcome to our flock!
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I prefer fine pea gravel or course river sand. If you do decide to use sand though, do not use beach sand or fine playground sand as chicks can mistake it for food and, as Mountain Peeps says, it can impact their crops. Use a very coarse sand with with smell pebbles in it or a fine pea gravel with very smooth, small stones, and there will be no danger of impacted crops. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  9. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    You've received some good advice already.

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