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Washed Sand with peafowl?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by kuntrygirl, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I have been calling around looking for sand and one of the businesses that I called said that they sold "washed sand". What is washed sand? Is it ok to put in my peafowl's aviary? Does anyone have washed sand in with their peacocks? They quoted a price of $6.00 a yard for the washed sand.

    The lady on the phone said that washed sand goes through some type of process where it gets the "clumps" out? What clumps? [​IMG]
     
  2. AndysPeafowlSanctuary

    AndysPeafowlSanctuary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Heya,

    I have sand in all my pens to keep my peafowl out the mud and away from earthworms, etc... I'm guessing washed sand is sand that they cleaned with water and as far as clumps sometimes sand clumps up together if nothing is done to it. Overall I find that sand makes the pens easier to clean up. I paid $75 for a half of a dump truck full of sand. I would call around and explore your options because there is always someone around with a cheaper price. I hope this helps. Andy
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:What type of sand do you use Andy?

    This is the definition that I found online about washed sand:

    Washed sand is surface mined, screened and washed to remove silt and clay, then allowed to drain. It is typically a light buff color, almost off-white.

    Washed sand is a finely graded sand and can be used for fill, to topdress golf course greens, and as a base for laying brick and pavers
     
  4. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm curious to know to -- I want to put a couple loads of sand in the new pea palace we are building. Isn't river sand coarser? I wonder which is better?

    Andy, another question for you -- what direction do the front of your coops face? I was thinking to put ours facing south, but am re-thinking that option, since I know we are now overdue for another hurricane & since those bad boys always blow in from the south, I wouldn't want one blowing into my birds' coop! so now I'm thinking to face it east. I guess west would work too, but then they'd be facing the bayou & away from the house & I couldn't see them in it.

    Or anybody else's input would be appreciated!
     
  5. mustangkid

    mustangkid Out Of The Brooder

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    I face mine East so they get the morning sun and shade in the afternoon.
     
  6. AndysPeafowlSanctuary

    AndysPeafowlSanctuary Chillin' With My Peeps

    My pens are also faced east that way the can have sunlight in the pen just about all day. The trees are far from the pen so they have alot of sunlight to bathe in. As far as the sand goes, i'm not sure, i just ordered a 1/2 truckload of sand. My guess is that it wasn't washed. ugh how i dread hurricane season, I'll pack up all my birds and take them with me lol j/j
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I don't know my directions (believe it or not), so I have no idea what is facing where. [​IMG] I could never learn north, south, east, west. I'm more of a "landmark" girl. You have to tell me to "turn right at the blue house" or "turn left at Burger King". I am stupid when it comes to directions. I have tried to learn directions but I can't. [​IMG]

    I called around to get prices for the washed sand and the cheapest price was $6.00 per yard and the highest price was $15.00 per yard. Do you think that is expensive? My only problem is........[​IMG].......... I don't know how many yards to get for my peafowl's aviary. [​IMG] I guess they can tell me how much I need for and area that is 10 ft x 20 ft. How can I figure that out myself? I really want to learn but I don't know anything about measurements.
     
  8. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Overrun With Chickens

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    I found a calculator link that will figure it for you!

    http://www.earthproducts.net/do_it_yourself/calculators_gravel.html

    Gee gotta love the internet, esp. for those of us who can't add 2+2 and get 4!

    Now Andy -- how deep is your sand? 1 inch? 2 inches?

    $6 - $15 is about what it runs here, too.

    btw, my husband says I have "geographic dyslexia" - it's true, I can't find my way out of a paper bag.[​IMG]
     
  9. connerhills

    connerhills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you can Kuntrygirl. [​IMG] The sun rises in the East and sets in the West , when you face East in the morning the North is on your left and South is one your right... practice this each morning and relate it to your landmarks like your house and then the hills around you.. It will become common to you as you do this. In some areas sand is costly depending on how they get it ,, from a river or screened from the ground.. If this is the delivered price (how far do they have to drive ? ) the cost is not bad at the lower end. There are different kinds of sand, but that should not matter to you. cheapest is best.. HOw much (deep) sand do you want in the pens.. If your pen is 10 X 20 that is 200 sq ft. there are 27 cubic feet in a yard of sand ( that is 27 feet of sand that is 1 ft. square ) that will make 54 sq. ft of sand 6 inch deep in your pen, so it will take 4 yrd to make a 6 inch thick base of sand in your 10 X20 pen and 2 yrds for 3 inch deep. But the cost of shipping will be really high to bring 2 yrds.. Ask what the min. is to get it hauled to you at the same price of hauling.. Or maybe you can haul it somehow.. Keep in mind that a yard of sand looks big when you start moving it with a 5 gal bucket. I would guess that at this time of year places like Lowes or Home Depot will have bags of sand but that is a costly way to get as much as you need.. A 55 gal barrel of sand will weigh about 5-600 lbs. dry. Hope this helps . George Connerhills farm
     
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  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Thanks for the link.

    Glad that you asked about how deep. That is a question I have as well. I need to know how deep before I can determine how much right?
     

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