What Type of Sand to Use In My Run??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by thotchkiss60, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. thotchkiss60

    thotchkiss60 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello All!

    I want to use sand in my run now but I am curious about what type to use. Some people say than natural play sand is better because there aren't any chemicals in it, and some say just regular course sand.

    The sand will double as thecoast retch. Can someone lend some expertise? Thanks!
     
  2. thotchkiss60

    thotchkiss60 Out Of The Brooder

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    I meant to say it will double as the scratch they will eat!!
     
  3. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sure hope someone replies. I had the same question!

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  4. applefalls

    applefalls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a mixture for my chickens. I combine some course sand (the kind used for construction--it has some fine parts but also lots of pebbles) mixed with ashes from my fireplaces and some soil. I put a huge spot of that in the run for the chickens periodically, mostly for them to bathe in. For grit, though, I primarily give my chickens oyster shell pieces I buy at the feed store.
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Sometimes play sand can set up almost like concrete when it gets wet - until it's fully dry again at least. I get mine from a mulch/gravel company, a nice coarse sand with a little pea gravel mixed in. I love it! I think it costs like $16 a ton or something along those lines (MUCH cheaper than buying a bunch of bags of playsand), it cleans up easily, and it drains well. And I think you meant grit, not scratch??? Yes, it serves well as grit.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012
  6. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You want processed screened sand which is a coarse grain sand. It can be purchased at an aggregate materials company or most landscape suppliers will have it too. Buy more thna you need and cover it for future use for filling and grading purposes.
     
  7. HippieChick76

    HippieChick76 Blossom Backyard Farm

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    Is it like the coarse grain sand used in making concrete?
     
  8. Titus2Woman

    Titus2Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have this same question. I read to use river sand but my provider only has concrete sand and I want to know if that is what I should get...
     
  9. Ga Boy

    Ga Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clean concrete sand is great as long as their is no concrete mixed in. TIP most job sites will have extra sand left over that if you asked they would give it to you, because the landscapers will just push it to the side. This is river sand.
     
  10. xahmed99x

    xahmed99x New Egg

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    I recommend everyone to use clear desert sand it's easy to clean and chicken like to play with it and best for coops too.
     

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