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I am expecting 28 babies tomorrow. Is it ok to use sand in their brooder?

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That's what I have in my brooders right now. BUT for the first week or two I think your supposed to cover the flooring with paper towels so they don't confuse it as food. I hope one of the more knowledgeable people will chime in on that.  Also when they are old enough to get treats it will double as grit for them.
ETA: Congrats!!


Edited by Supermommy486 - 4/21/10 at 10:13am
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I concur with the other respondent, put paper towels down for the first couple weeks.  Chicks just don't distinguish food.  I made the mistake of putting some on wood shavings too early, lost one.  Wood shavings also stink very soon so I stopped using shavings.  I then tried wood pellets but as these get wet they look exactly like chick crumbles.  Plan C--Went to PetCo/Petsmart for small animal bedding pellets made from recycled newspapers and odor control.  Also picked up some bedding with mint smell.  Much better success!!!

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post #4 of 7

I love sand for my brooders! This is only by second batch of chicks but I find it very easy to keep clean-use a kitty litter scoop to clean out the brooders every day. And they love to dust themselves in it.  I have a bunch of different ages out in the brooders right now. For the 1st batch I dutifully covered the sand w/ paper towels for the 1st half a week or so. But then I started going to the feed store as they got different breeds in and would buy a couple at a time over a couple of weeks. I did start a 2nd brooder for the youngest ones. But the new chicks would go into the brooder w/ no paper towel covering at all and they seemed fine. Interestingly,  no pasty butt at all.

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What kind of sand do you use?  I noticed today that my chicks were trying to give themselves a dust bath in the small dish of grit I put out for them.... they would probably love some sand.

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Originally Posted by Delphinium 

What kind of sand do you use?  I noticed today that my chicks were trying to give themselves a dust bath in the small dish of grit I put out for them.... they would probably love some sand.


I went to home depot and got the quick crete (sp?) play ground sand.  I believe whatever you get it has to be chem free.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for your quick responses. I can now make a inform decision.

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