Are Pine Shavings Okay for Baby Chicks & Momma Hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by zephyr66, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. zephyr66

    zephyr66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have separated my broody hen who is setting on her 8 eggs in her own area inside the coop for when she hatches her chicks. I plan to keep them separated for up to a week after hatching before I take down part of the baracade. Inside my coop I have the deep litter method with pine shavings. I have cleaned the separated area and am going to put new shavings down. Just want to make sure this type of material is okay? I will have an area with chick food and water also probably on a small piece of plywood for more stability so feeders don't tip on shavings. Let me know what you think of the pine! Thanks.

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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    My broody pen usually has a mix of pine shavings and hay, simply because I store some hay in there. I don't think it matters.
     
  3. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    My broodies adore a large fluffy pile of pine shavings in their nest. The hen & chicks love pecking around and hiding themselves in it.
     
  4. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    Im not the only one, yeah!!! I have a broody sitting on 6 eggs, I just moved her into a larger wire dog crate for hatching day (tues/wed). I have the deep litter method, and its getting pretty deep! So i am going to use pine shavings too!
     

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