1 week old chicks eating sawdust

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Twiga, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. Twiga

    Twiga In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2014
    HI BYC, my week old chicks have been on kitchen paper over sawdust as suggested on this site. Now they are getting a bit more feisty and scratchy they are scratching through the paper and eating some of it - plus pecking at the sawdust. Should I just remove the paper now, or will they eat the sawdust and get sick!?
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Since your chicks don't have a mother to show them what is and isn't food, they'll try everything in sight. You need to provide grit so their digestive system doesn't get clogged up. You may also want to switch to large pine shavings instead of fine sawdust.
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  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    I agree with using the larger flake shavings, even the medium, just not the fine stuff. They are curious and they will want to scratch and peck and may even eat some. But at their age they know where their food is. I've raised chicks on shavings for years and never had one fill up on them! Scratch, peck, dust bath and make a big mess....yes, but that's about it.
  4. nuttyboo

    nuttyboo Chirping

    May 31, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
  5. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    If you are really using sawdust you are asking for problems. If you are using pine shavings, then all should be fine. If you are using commercial prepared starter for your chicks, you do not need grit, yet. When they start eating treats, or bugs, or a little scratch, they will need some. Use the smaller chick grit for the little guys and when it is gone switch to regular chicken grit, or pigeon grit which is less expensive where I live.

    Sawdust can pack a crop and swell inside the bird… grit won't do a thing for this condition.

    Last edited: Aug 16, 2014
  6. whittychick

    whittychick Songster

    Jul 28, 2013
    Cape cod
    Defiantly switch to pine shavings!! They love to scratch and explore! Hope they're ok
  7. birdman55

    birdman55 Songster

    Jul 22, 2014
    My Coop
    I bought pine shavings from tractor supply they have a large bag for about five dollars....don't use cedar.....some use chopped straw

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