Bedding for a chick brooder

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  1. ChickensRock351

    ChickensRock351 New Egg

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    I have a chick arriving soon. So i made a brooder. I put waterers in it feeders and ect.The bedding I put in it is hay. I was wondering if it would be ok.So what do you people think, please reply.[​IMG]
     
  2. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hay is fine. I usually use pine shavings because I find it to be easier to clean. Hay tends to pack down and when you clean it it comes out in sheets that fall apart and make a big mess. When I use pine shavings I just have a little scooper to scoop it out. Doesn't pack down as hard or as quickly. The only negative is don't get it wet! If i a waterer spills you need to take all the bedding out and put fresh. If you don't it grows mold very quickly and causes chicks to get sick. Besides that I love it and its pretty cheap as well.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC!! Great to have you here. I use hay as a rule with no problem but pine shaving are great as well. As an aside, I read you said you are ordering a chick. Chickens are super social and don't often do well without at least one other of their kind around. Just something to consider. Best of luck!!
     
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  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California! I use pine shavings.
     
  5. Lescas5795

    Lescas5795 Out Of The Brooder

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    From Georgia, I use pine shavings too. They smell great!!
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  7. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and [​IMG] So glad you joined us!!!![​IMG]
     
  9. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Hi and :welcome

    Hay does fine, although as with any bedding you'd have to change it regularly! For that reason, a lot of people use wood chips, they're easier to tip out.
    Although we used paper towels and grass clippings, so anything goes... :lol:

    Good luck!
     
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     

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