Ok another brooder question .....my 8 chicks,will,be 3 weeks on Tuesday when I clean there brooder I always put some of those doggie pee pads down then the pine shaving on top of them, the problem is as soon as they start scatching the pads or dug up moved all,around,so do I still need to put the pads down in my huge cardboard brooder.
I start all our chicks, ducklings, etc in a clear plastic tub with a rag towel as the bedding/litter. For chicks I change the towel once a week. For waterfowl 1 towel usually lasts the first week, after that I have to change it every 3 days. When it gets too crowded I upgrade to a bigger brooder but still use towels. This system lasts us till chicks/ducklings are 4 weeks old and ready to transition into the Juvie coop outside where I use straw or hay (that's what I use for all our adults). I use towels cause they're the cheapest bedding and I can just hand wash.