In 15-20 years I'll have enough saved up for a house (Hopefully sooner) and then I'll get chickens. I want 3 Buff Lace hens and a Silkie hen. I also want to hand raise them from a young age. When I'm playing with them, helping them get used to handling and living in a coop/run, will I be able to play with them in a sand box? I think it might help them learn dust bathing, as well as add bonding and handling experience for them. I'm far from rough, I just want to be able to hug them and easily move them as adults, but not accidentally make them indoor only without knowing what to do when I stick them in the run/coop. I'd like to raise them more indoors, since I want to stay here but there are many snakes and foxes, as well as making sure I don't lose them to drowning in their own water or pond. I don't know if they can swim. My budgies can't. Still, storms hit here often, I really want them to be used to inside and outside, as well as handling, without crippling them in just basic things like giving themselves dust baths or scratching up bugs. I trained how lightly I can pet things by buying a spikey cactus and patting it. =D I can pet it without scratching my fingers. If you're wondering I'm Autistic. >_> Some things I understand easily, others not. But I really want to be able to play with my pets. Like burying treats they can dig up, sprinkling sand on them while they're bathing and stuff.