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I'm trying to set out a startup/two-month budget here, so thank you in advance for an answer. How long will a bag of 5.5 cu. ft. of fine pine shavings last for 8 chicks? Also, I'd just like to be sure that that kind of shavings is recommended rather than these (as they're a better deal). 

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While I'm at it - is it true that a plastic bin is not a good idea to use as a brooder? hmm.png It's supposed to cause respiratory problems, but I'd like to verify as, quite honestly, a plastic bin seems like a much better option than a cardboard box, and it's more convenient than a metal tub.

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I've used a plastic bin, for the same reason a glass aquarium is bad, the ammonia in the feces is heaver then air, if you are good at cleaning it out you should be ok.

 

Aspen is better then pine as pine oil can cause respiratory issues according to some.

 

 

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Hmm, I thought that was cedar. Thanks, though. Anyone else have two cents to put in?

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Oh, you might be right-

 

I think I got them confused before- pine is bad for rabbits and rodents (pet and otherwise)

 

Now I'm confused, I only use aspen because of this...

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I read ceder is bad for respitory, pine is fine. That's what I am using.
I asked for ceder shaving at the feed store and they gave me a huge packed bale, like the size you buy for filling horse stalls. It only cost $8 and it's going to last me most if not all the brooder time I think,
I also am using a 40 gallon plastic storage bin. It's working great... I didn't read anywhere it could harm the chicks.
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Sorry, I asked for pine shavings, not ceder. Ceder is bad.
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MyPetChicken recommends pine, but I've read elsewhere about guinea pigs that aspen is a preferred type, so yes, that may be it. smile.png

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Chicks do fine in a plastic bin.  Just make sure there is plenty of room, good air circulation, and keep the area clean.  I used paper towels over paper.  

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I don't like to use any shavings at this age to prevent the chicks from accidentally ingesting a tiny piece of wood, and there is no wood dust to cake on their eyes or bottom area.  Also, they had no trouble finding the food at their feet when using paper towels.  This is my personal preference as my lungs don't appreciate any kind of dust.  Many people use pine shavings with no problem.  But please remember to remove old shavings every two days if chicks are kept in a small area.  Avoid cedar shavings at all cost.  While we find the cedar aroma attractive, the fumes are too much for tiny lungs.

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Thanks, everyone! thumbsup.gif

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