using sand for bedding yes or no

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by papaandnana, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. papaandnana

    papaandnana Just Hatched

    Jan 29, 2015
    my husband and I are newbies to raising chickens and we have been recommended by quite a few people to you sand construction sand for the bedding we would like to know what your experience is with it and is it a good idea or not our coop is in our barn and has a all cement floor do we put sand all over the floor or just under the roost anxious for any help thanks
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    I've never used sand, so I can't answer your questions very well. Hopefully, other members will chime in and help. [​IMG]
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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

    I have never used sand for bedding, so can't give you any personal experience. But, many other members on here do and I'm sure will be happy to help you out when they notice your post.[​IMG]
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  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. As long as it's coarse river or building sand with small pebbles of varying size in it, sand will work well. Fine pea gravel also works well. However, do not use a fine sand like beach sand as it can impact chick's crops. If you go with sand, I would put it over the entire floor. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
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  6. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Hello! Welcome to BYC! I am currently using sand and it works great. I have tried all different types of bedding, but sand is the best so far. There are some threads on here that will help you determine and decided if it's right for you.
    So glad you joined BYC and the coop. There are a lot of great peeps here! Ask questions and most of all make yourself at home. So glad you joined.
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  7. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

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  8. 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 LOVE sand and will never go back to regular bedding again. You either hate sand or love sand. LOL I find it is very easy to maintain, it absorbs the poop smells, it stays dry when wet, and the best part is you can hose it down in the summer heat and it keeps the birds really cool. Cool feet mean cooler birds. I use it in the coop, run and even the nest boxes!! There are two cons to using sand and that is that the floor can be cold in the winter as sand doesn't hold in the heat and some sand is dusty. Play box sand is very clean but if you go with a natural sand, it can be dusty. I use natural stuff and have never had any respiratory issues in my flock, but everything in the coop has a layer of dust on it. LOL

    Stop by this thread on using sand. This thread will tell you all you need to know....

    Good luck and I hope you do choose sand!!
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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the BYC flock
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