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post #11 of 17

I paid $5.82/bale of fine shavings at TSC. It expands to I think 7 or 8 cu ft? Maybe more. However that store sells chick feed for $15+/50 lbs, but I got it from a smaller, local feed store for $13.20/50 lbs. I'm sure if they have pine shavings they would be cheaper, too.

post #12 of 17

The good thing about pine shavings is they smell great. The bad thing is the chicks eat the very small pieces and it kills them. It also causes a very fine dust while they scratch around in it and it causes respiratory problems while they are chicks that could also cause problems later on as they grow. So why use them There is no advantage for chick. Only risk of making them sick and killing them. Sure they look great, but I would rather have a happy health chick.

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The good thing about pine shavings is they smell great. The bad thing is the chicks eat the very small pieces and it kills them. It also causes a very fine dust while they scratch around in it and it causes respiratory problems while they are chicks that could also cause problems later on as they grow. So why use them There is no advantage for chick. Only risk of making them sick and killing them. Sure they look great, but I would rather have a happy health chick.

So @cluckandcrow, what is your preferred bedding for one week old chicks?

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #14 of 17

I use pine shavings from day one. (Not the fine, the course.) And have never had a problem. No issues at all.  The cedar is VERY bad for respiration, but the pine is a common bedding used for chicks.

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post #15 of 17

I don't use anything. I give them water, food, and a heat lamp. I sweep out their brooder every morning. Their droppings dry up on the wood floor and I sweep it out everyday. I hatch around150 chicks a week. I stopped using wood chips because of the health problems that my chicks were getting.

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I don't use anything. I give them water, food, and a heat lamp. I sweep out their brooder every morning. Their droppings dry up on the wood floor and I sweep it out everyday. I hatch around150 chicks a week. I stopped using wood chips because of the health problems that my chicks were getting.

150 a week!! Do you sell them as day olds or there abouts?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #17 of 17

I do and I ship all of the U.S. I do sell on rarebreedauctions and on cluckandcrow.

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