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For a brooder what kind of bedding do you use?

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I am getting my chicks really soon and I was wondering what kind of bedding you like to use in the brooder? 

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I am getting my chicks really soon and I was wondering what kind of bedding you like to use in the brooder? 


I used pine shavings that I bought at tractor supply.  I bought the finely shaved bag.  there was also a large shavings bag.  Just whatever you do, do not use cedar shavings.  But anything could work.  You just want something that will absorb their excretions and allow them some softness.  I'm sure pet stores sell pine shavings also.

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Thanks so much! I was just wondering because I used Paper towels last time and it didn't work to well...

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Thanks so much! I was just wondering because I used Paper towels last time and it didn't work to well...


Yeah I would think paper towels would absorb their mess, but it wouldn't dry out fast enough.  Plus, some kind of loose material works way  better than just a solid piece of cloth or something.  As they move around, they can move that loose material over top of their poop and help to dry it out faster.

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The paper bedding they sell at pet stores for hamsters, rats, ect works well, but they cost alot more than the shavings. I use the shavings as well. Its alot easier to just turn them every once in a while or let the chicks scratch them up. Good luck!
Nikki
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I use pine shavings as well, but cover them with paper towels the first few days - until they learn what food is.  They will still try to eat a few shavings once you remove the towels but I've never had any eat enough to cause any problems.  I tried sand one year but it's very heavy - anyway,  the shavings work the best for me.

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