Bedding for baby chicks????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lovemychix, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just read that newspaper is bad for newborn chicks and thats what I have in there...Is wood chips that they use for horses ok?
     
  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    What kind of hay do you feed your horses? Maybe a little hay in there. I used feed bags for the bottom of my box for baby chickies. It was the not paper kind, the kind like plastic sort of, and then I could hose it off every day too.
     
  3. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have horses. I just know that my farm supply store has that and I have used it in my hen house for my older chickens.
     
  4. jaybme

    jaybme Chillin' With My Peeps

    I believe the newspaper is bad because it is slippery and can cause the chicks to dislocate their hips. You can use any wood chips you want, except cedar, as cedar has oils that can damage organs.

    Good luck!

    Jayne
     
  5. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    wood chips may be ok if they are small chips. Maybe you can get them to sell you a bag of hay that they sweep up. Or paper towels, or grass clippings, or anything soft. I don't know if newpaper is harmful to chickens, but maybe, I had a rat die once when my mom lined the cage with newspaper and it ate it.
     
  6. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I guess I better get on my way to Farm and Home before they close. Don't want hurt chicks. I would feel like a horrible mother. Thanks!
     
  7. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wood chips work for me, don't use cedar chips though.
     
  8. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    Quote:Well, let us know what you get!!
     
  9. porteryork

    porteryork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gosh, I use newspaper and haven't had any problems.
     
  10. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    I put down newspaper, then a couple layers of paper towel to help soak up and diffuse little spills, then cover it with about an inch of bermuda hay so they can have traction, and the droppings don't cake up. They dry out quickly because they are not caked up on cardboard. When you want to change it all, it is easy, just roll the newspaper up and toss it.
     

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