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Alternative to Pine Shavings for baby chicks bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by carbon county chicks, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. carbon county chicks

    carbon county chicks Chirping

    Mar 10, 2009
    Is there anything I can use instead of pine shavings for my baby chicks? The pine shavings get in their food and water and there is a lot of waste because of this. Any other suggestions?

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Raise your feeder and waterer up on something. They will still get some shavings in them, but not as bad. Ideally, the basin of the feeders and waterers should be level with the smallest chicks back. You'll need to continue to raise them as the chicks grow. In my coops of adult and nearly adult chickens, the waterers are up on cinder blocks and the feeders are hung.
  3. secuono

    secuono Songster

    May 29, 2010
    I only use kitchen paper towels in the brooder. In the barn/coop, it's mostly bare floor, except for the nest areas. One area off the ground for the general birds, Silkies have them on the ground.

    Never had issues with the paper, easy to change, too.
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I made a platform out of 2x2s and half-inch hardware cloth to put my brooder waterers and feeders on. When they are big enough I put the platform on blocks made of pieces of 2x4s to raise it higher still. Keeps them from getting so many shavings in the water and if they should somehow manage to spill it they can't get into the wet bedding.

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