What do you guys use in your chick brooders?
I'm not really sure what to do with these guys,they seem to eat anything and everything you put near them, including my fingers and the newspaper I have always used before. At the moment I've had to resort to putting cardboard in there as they can't rip that up (they worked out if they spin round while doing the dust bathing dance their feet shred the newspaper so it's easier to eat ).
I'm a bit nervous to use wood shavings in case they eat those? Have you had any problems with them with this breed of velociraptors?
For the first few days I line the bottom of the brooder with paper towels. They're really easy to pull up and replace for cleaning and since they're white, the chicks can easily see morsels of feed I scatter around for them to peck at. One they've begun pooping, eating and drinking on their own and are walking around on stable legs, I switch to large pine flakes and add chick grit to their feed. The chicks LOVE digging through those pine chips, and since they're receiving grit, there's really no problem if they consume small amounts of the shavings.
LOL! And they really are like little velociraptors, aren't they? Even my mature Aussies sound more like dinosaurs than chickens with the sounds they make.
Oh....and here's some pics of my current Australorp/Bielefelder mixed chicks. They're showing some very unique feathering, and have amazingly friendly, affectionate and vivacious personalities: