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Has anyone in the Northeast had any experience using sand in their coop instead of hay or wood shavings? It makes sense from a maintenance stand point but I'm curious about how it does during the winter. Any feedback or thoughts would be much appreciated.
 

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I would think that if water got mixed in the sand during winter and froze over....well you get the jist, but other then that I think it's a great idea
 

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I was thinking about that. Maybe sand in the warmer months but switch to hay or wood shavings once the frost settles in........
 

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Pine shavings would be best, because the hay could gather fungi and bacteria eventually causing sickness, but other then that I think it's a Great idea
 

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We are in Massachusetts and plan on using sand during the spring summer months then switch to deep litter method for fall and winter.

I am using sand in the brooder and I can say the difference in how dirty my babes with feathered feet is incredible. The brahmas were caked in poop even after only a day with shavings. Now They are clean!
 

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Sand is excellent. Nothing better. It is absorbent and will hold water but will not allow freezing. Easy to clean too. I use a little hay on tip of the sand then compost when done.
 

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What do you do with it after the fact? I was planning on composting the shavings after cleaning the coop, but couldn't do that with sand. I have to say other wise, i am thinking if going with the sand.
 

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What do you do with it after the fact? I was planning on composting the shavings after cleaning the coop, but couldn't do that with sand. I have to say other wise, i am thinking if going with the sand.
You sift the sand and compost the poop .
 

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Thanks! I'm sold on the sand. One last question. Do you use the same kind used for a sandbox?
I've purchased sand in 20 pound bags from a local lumber / home improvement place for $1.50 a bag. It was just non colored sand box sand.
 

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So like just pour it on the ground? Do you guys have edges to keep the sand in the run? Or is this just in the coop under their roosts?
 

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Should you only use sand if your floor is dirt or does it work with a linoleum floor too? If it doesn't absorb the liquid, does it just evaporate?
 
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