Should I keep a frizzle Pekin Bantam on sand to avoid feather soiling?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Quirky Quail, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. Quirky Quail

    Quirky Quail In the Brooder

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    I just got two Pekin Bantams and one is a frizzle. My dad recommended keeping them on sand instead of sawdust as their poop will be less likely to stick to their feathers. Any ideas? And would children's sand be fine? it's considerably cheaper than proper sand bedding. :)
     
  2. featheredplanets

    featheredplanets Songster

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    Use to keep my pekins (some were frizzles) on shavings and we had no issues
     
  3. Quirky Quail

    Quirky Quail In the Brooder

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    Ok. I'll bare that in mind. thank you :)
     
  4. beccaWA

    beccaWA Songster

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    I don't know where this sand idea came from, but it seems to be somewhat popular. I would never keep chickens on sand. It would turn to a mucky mess, and when it's hot it burns their feet.
     
  5. Quirky Quail

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    I'm going to have them in a covered, weather proof run so I don't think it'll be a problem.
    I also live in the UK and we're not known for our sunny climate :lol: but apart from that, do you think it could theoretically help? :)
     
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  6. beccaWA

    beccaWA Songster

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    I just think it would be incredibly hard to clean/shovel it out.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Sand and poop can become 'concrete'.
     

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