Originally Posted by Egghead_Jr
At this age they don't need a perch. I've added them in the past when brooding longer periods of time. In general we only put water and feed on brick or blocks of wood to hold them out of shavings in attempt to keep clean. In the first few days from hatch we put paper towels on the pine shavings. Works two fold in it provides a better flat footing for new born and is the first stage of cleaning as it's taken out once they start to scratch them up. There is nothing wrong with older chicks scratching and pecking at the liter. Completely natural. If the pecking at bottom of trough bothers you then add more shavings for depth. I've never heard of young chicks dust bathing but some do put soil in the brooder at a cocci coping technique. Transitioning them to the soil that they will soon be on.
thanks. Yeah, I think the perch was just to give them something else to do lol. These LO are so adorable pretending to dust bathe and that'll give them another thing as well. I tried to get dirt they'd be using when they're older, but we've been having many storms. Think I'll get a little peat moss perhaps.
They seem to like the larger area which is good, they're still napping on top of each other as always but I think that's cause that's what they do. Temp is 95 in there.