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This is our first time raising chicks!smile.png. Was wondering how often do you need to be cleaning the shavings a week? We have a huge Rubbermaid tub that we are using for the chicks.
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I'd suggest looking at the threads here to give you an idea.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=cleaning+brooder

 

I've only ever raised chicks with a broody hen, so i have no experience to share.

 

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post #3 of 9
Well, I never did actually. Until they were 3 weeks old,m I kept six on paper towels for a week for poo inspections because I was worried about them...just laid new paper towels on top of the old and after a week, threw the whole stack out. I then added shavings and just sprinkled new on top every day. The other 15 were on sand that I scooped with a kitty litter scooper daily and tossed in some Sweet PDZ if it started getting whiffy.

After three weeks, they all got moved to a much larger brooder with a thick layer of shavings. They're doing a pretty good job of mixing everything right now, but I'll add more shavings and/or fluff if needed.

The important bit is that you never want to smell ammonia--even when your nose is right down next to the shavings--because those fumes will damage delicate lung tissue. So, basically, use your own judgement. Some people change the bedding everyday, some don't change it the entire time in the brooder. Depends a lot on your chicks.
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Good question there. I was wondering the same. This is good info Jensownzoo, about never wanting to smell ammonia. I was thinking, since I am keeping the chickadees in a large aquarium tank that they might not get enough air circulation compared to the wire brooders. I won't have a lid on my brooder, but I guess I will still need to change the bedding often enough to keep it from building up fumes, maybe every few days will do.

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:welcome

 

It's going to depend on how many chicks and how large the tub is. Basically, if it stinks, change the bedding out. If it doesn't stink, you should be okay. 

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Rachel BB

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post #6 of 9
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Since we are in the topic of cleaning:). We have 6 clucker coop coming and when the chicks go outside in the coop what do use inside the chicken coop shavings and how often do you clean the coop?
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There are a lot of different strategies for bedding inside the coop, so you may want to do a search so you can evaluate each one with respect to the pros/cons and your particular needs. For myself, I decided on using the deep bedding method using pine shavings and SweetbPDZ as needed. I hope to only have to clean everything out twice yearly, but I will be monitoring the situation carefully the first year to make sure that will be sufficient.
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Just my opinion: I get up every morning, clean it out, go to school, come home, and, the next day, when I get up, clean it again. So every morning is good. They have really sensitive lungs, and can also contract sicknesses if their feeders and/or waterers have feces on them. Good luck!

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I forgot to mention that there will be a poop board to scrape off daily. I don't know if your coop will have one or not.
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