Where do you put your old sand?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rubyfox, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. Rubyfox

    Rubyfox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put sand down in my run 6 months ago and its now smelling bad so wanted to know, what do I do with all my dirty sand now its wet,and smelly ? Only owned chickens since last July so new to all this, thank you.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It may not work for you but everything from my coops and runs ends up in the compost piles or garden beds.
     
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a garden? Not sure of you soil type, but we'd probably plow it into the garden. We have dense clay and the sand would help loosen-up the soil. We do deep litter in our run and that goes into the garden. Chicken poo is great fertilizer.
     
  4. Rubyfox

    Rubyfox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your replies , I have a smallish garden I could put some on. How oftern do you have to change the sand?
     
  5. aart

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    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand is heavy and does not decompose. Sand does not clean up well. That is why I used sand once and stopped. Spread them thinly over the lawn hopefully just once.
     
  7. Rubyfox

    Rubyfox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone, I watched the video but it doesnt say how I start with the organic bedding?
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The post lists ingredients....the video shows how it looks.
     
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  9. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started with about 8 inches of wood chips from a tree trimming company. On top of that I dumped a couple of inches of pine shavings and chopped straw. Then I added some shredded leaves and partially composted lawn waste that I dug out from under the snow.

    I started my deep litter in early April and it limited what materials I could get. The tree guy couldn't figure out what I was planning to do with the chips considering all of New England was still under feet of snow. If I could have gotten grass clippings I would have used them. All summer long I did add clippings to the run. Any chicken-safe weeds and garden clippings go in the run. I gather my leaves in the autumn with the bagging mower and I just dump them in the run.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Lots of those wood chippings is a good base to start with......it'll 'eat up' just about anything else (especially the green stuff) you put in there without causing molding issues.
     

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