Are pine shavings ok for one week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pete's Chicks, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Pete's Chicks

    Pete's Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Just met my sister yesterday and picked-up our 5 one-week-old chicks yesterday.

    Just need to know if pine shavings are ok. I've got them in a wooden box with shavings on the bottom.


    Thanks,
    Pete's Mom
    Jo
     
  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    Pine shavings are great. That is what the hatcheries suggest.
     
  3. new-roo

    new-roo Scrambled

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    Pine is good, just dont do CEDAR, since they are week old, should already know how to eat food, and not chips.
     
  4. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup.
     
  5. M0therGoose

    M0therGoose Out Of The Brooder

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    i used newspaper at first and what a mess!! It was horrible! I then broke down and bought shavings and they are wonderful! Clean up is soooooo much easier! I use one of my kids sandbox rakes and rake just the poopy and wet shavings into one of those large feed scoops. I am able to salvage the still-clean shavings that way. very easy.
     
  6. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

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    I used only a puppy pad the first week, then I introduced the pine shavings.

    Under my goslings, I still use a puppy pad under the shavings to help with the moisture they leave in their poo.
     
  7. homestead5er

    homestead5er Out Of The Brooder

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    I put towels on top of my shavings the first week, and put the chick's on the shavings the second.
     
  8. Aronia

    Aronia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     
  9. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm using pine Equine Bedding Pellets. Too big to eat when fresh, and by the time they get wet and start breaking into sawdust, the chicks will have found real food.
     

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