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post #11 of 14
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I have been using hardwood stove/furnace pellets for the chick brooders, much less dust and no worries about them eating them... Plus they don't toss them around as easily...

Not a bad idea. Do they provide good odor control?
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by MeepBeep View Post

I have been using hardwood stove/furnace pellets for the chick brooders, much less dust and no worries about them eating them... Plus they don't toss them around as easily...

Not a bad idea. Do they provide good odor control?

As good as anything as long as you keep the brooder clean and dry, they do a great job of drying the poop out nearly instantly on contact so that helps with odor... I only use them when the chicks are real young, then I switch over to pine shavings as they are more economical since the brooder need more frequent cleanings as the chicks grow...

Just make sure the hardwood pellets are 100% wood and don't contain anything else, I have never seen anything but 100% wood ones locally but that might vary by location or brand since they are intended for stoves and furnaces not bedding...


Edited by MeepBeep - 3/27/16 at 7:01pm
post #13 of 14
I layer pine shavings and paper towels so I just roll away a layer...makes clean up so much easier
post #14 of 14
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So, I talked to my mom and we're going to just use the bathtub and use the tub we bought for something else, hopefully that will be enough room for a bit! Never really used a bathtub for a brooder before, but I know some people have done it, so I'll try to figure it out. For future reference, what gallon tub do you think would be good for 5-6 chicks or so?

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