age for brooder switch from paper towels to shavings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by charlotteda, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. charlotteda

    charlotteda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what are should I plan to switch my brooder floor from paper towels to pine shavings with Sweet pdz
     
  2. tim_TX

    tim_TX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For standard breed chicks I switch after 2 days. What's important is that they know what is food and what isn't before you switch.
     
  3. BrackenFarms

    BrackenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    tim tx is correct mcmurray hatchery says take it out after first day but only if they realize that shavings arent food
     
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    I change over as soon as they have rested enough after hatching to have good legs and balance. Normally 2-4 days after the last hatchling is added.

    Matt
     
  5. charlotteda

    charlotteda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.. I want to be sure they get off to a good start. I've read about using the heat lamp with a dimmer so maybe that will work well too.
     
  6. BrackenFarms

    BrackenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    whoa youre from pickens didnt catch that earlier... high neighbor how about this weather
     

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