99 Chicks are 3 days old, and have brooder questions please

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rnmommy7, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. rnmommy7

    rnmommy7 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am concerned about their feet. My brooder is 5 levels and has a wire bottom. The wire forms about 1/2 inch square pattern. It seems pretty rough to me. When I put them in the brooder yesterday I put them all on burlap. I laid the burlap over the wire, but now the burlap is all poo pooed on. I don't want them walking around in poop right? WIll that hurt them? I don't have any more burlap, I could take it our and wash it or is it ok for them to be on wire.
     
  2. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont think I would put them on just wire. Do you have some newspaper laying around? If so I think I would lay newspaper down until you get the burlap cleaned up
     
  3. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    newspaper could cause splayed legs, and crooked toes. what about straw? it wouldn't fall through very easily.
     
  4. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    splayed legs and crooked toes in a couple of hours?
     
  5. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    now that I'm not sure about. I'm not sure how long it takes to happen, maybe paper towels? they are more absorbent than newspaper too.
     
  6. rnmommy7

    rnmommy7 Out Of The Brooder

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    I took out the burlap. it was filthy. i change their water out every few hours. they don't seem to mind the wire floor. I put a length of paper towel in each level to have something to sprinkle food on. They sure loved that gro-gel that came with the shipment, I wonder how to make it.
     
  7. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    good luck with your chicks!!
     
  8. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be ok I believe with the wire floor if you have no other choice. I would just get the burlap back in as soon as I could. You are doing great! Keep up the good work and taking good care of your chicks! [​IMG]
     
  9. kacklinkelly

    kacklinkelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The feed store where I bought our chicks had them in a brooder with wire floors that sound similar to what
    you are describing:>
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Believe me you don't want to leave them on the burlap without a product like shavings over it.

    Once I used plywood in a grow-out coop that was very difficult to reach into. I didn't want to throw shavings in there because I was worried they would fall through. So I used small squares of plywood and no bedding, figuring I'd scrape the plywood off.
    Within a couple of days the chicks had poo stuck to their feet to the point that they were having trouble walking and it had dried. I gave them a foot soak, they piled up in the wash basin and I lost a few to drowning.
    Oh I was so sad and to this day will only bathe one chick at a time if needed.

    So I recommend some bedding! You can use cardboard with pine shavings on top- I have a concern though that you don't create a fire hazard with your brooder if shavings fall through. If so, truly I'd just leave them on the wire.
     

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