Are pine shavings ok for brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mgui35, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Mgui35

    Mgui35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have newspaper in the brooder but Im worried about spraddle legs. Is it ok to use pine shavings? I bought a compressed bale and Im itching to try it out. The chicks just hatched today.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It is all I use, exclusively. $5 a compressed bale at TSC and other Farm supply type stores. It goes a looooong way.
     
  3. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use paper towels the first week then pine shavings after that
     
  4. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shavings from farm store is all we ever use. 8cu ft bags compressed.
    1-2"deep in brooder.


    just my .02
     
  5. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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    Quote:x 2, otherwise they sometimes eat the shavings when first hatched. After a week or two, not a problem.
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    They eat saw dust, for sure. Usually, the coarser chips are not an issue.
     
  7. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use news paper for the first couple of days, after that I use the wood shaving/chips but no saw dust.
     
  8. bantyhen'sfriend

    bantyhen'sfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've always used pine shavings from day one and have never had an issue.
     
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Straight pine shavings for me as well. No paper towels or newspaper.
     
  10. kristim23

    kristim23 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read that some people who use newspaper for the first few weeks spray it lightly with water first, and let it dry before putting it down in the brooder. It supposedly makes it less slippery. I think I might try it when my chicks arrive. If it doesn't work, I can always toss in some shavings instead.
     

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