Which do you prefer-builder's or reg. sand for run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Carrie Lynn, May 27, 2011.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll need to lay down sand after my hens finish eating all the weeds/grass in their new run. What kind should I use?
    Also, how much will I need for a 6x12 run?

    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    Go to your nearest concrete plant and get a load of everyday sand that they use in making concrete. That's all you need. It won't be entirely uniform, but it will work perfectly. You need to figure out how deep you want it.

    Assuming 6" deep your problem will look like this 6"x72"x144" = X Divide X by 46,656. ( cubic yard = 36x36x36) That will tell you how much you need. Increase by 25% so you have some extra.

    Your final calculation would look like this. 6 x 72 x 144 = X. X/45,656 x 1.25 = what you need. Adjust for depth by changing the first number. Here's a hint. You'll need a trailer or pick-up truck that can hold about 3,000 lbs of weight, or you can make a few trips.

    Your cost should be less than $40.
     
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  3. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you , Dogfish [​IMG]
     
  4. Tina D

    Tina D Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I'm going to do the same thing once our run starts looking shabby. Good thread! [​IMG]
     

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