I am thinking of getting some River Sand for my coop. My coop ( children's playhouse 8 x 10 schoolhouse) came today and will be put up over the next weekend. My peeps are due to come the week of April 23rd. ( a bit nervous about receiving them alive) I am going to brood them right in the coop with heat lamps to keep them toasty warm. I can't seem to decide what is better to use sand or shavings for this area (Loxahatchee) I am free ranging them when they are old enough to go out. I hope the hawks will not be an issue, neighbor down the street has not lost any ever to a hawk. ( he is a lucky guy) So, sand or shavings or something else? What do you think?