4 week old chicks ate what?!

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Sebright Savvy
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Jun 27, 2008
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The past couple days I've noticed my chicks eating their bedding. We use wood shavings from a friend of our because he makes different wood furnitures. Is this safe for them to eat? I know that it is not cedar, the guy doesn't use cedar in any of his furnitures. I tried sprinkling some ash on them. If it tastes bad, they won't eat it right?
They have access to an 8x12 run and almost every day I let them out to freerange the yard and gardens. Thank you for your replies.
 

Omran

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Jul 26, 2008
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I don't think they will eat their bedding,but if so I don't think it will hurt them,because I saw a show and they were saying that birds in general can tell real good what is ok for them and what is not.
I would keep plenty of starter grower for them in thier feeders and let it go.
Good luck
Omran
 

hinkjc

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I think they all do it..no idea why. Just make sure they have access to grit to break it down.

Jody
 

Mahonri

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Son #4 today tells me that after he got through mopping the coop and putting down the new pine shavings that the hens came in and some of them started eating it. I promptly went out and gave them some laying mash.
 

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