bedding for brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lobeaux, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. lobeaux

    lobeaux New Egg

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    is it better to use the larger pine wood chips or will the pine bedding for small animals be ok? or is there a better type bedding to use?
     
  2. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've always had good luck using the pine bedding for small animals. It's probably more absorbent than larger pine chips.
     
  3. MisfitMarie

    MisfitMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ^ x2 on the smaller pine shavings. That's what I use, and I've tried a few different kinds. I also find them very absorbent.
     
  4. lobeaux

    lobeaux New Egg

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    thanks for the info I will give it a try and see how it works. just did not want to use something that would not be good for the little guys :)
     
  5. RitzHomestead

    RitzHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used the larger pine shavings and had no issues with it not absorbing. I have found that large pine shavings are also easier to clean as well. I guess it just depends on what works best for you, and I don't think you could go wrong with either!
     
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  6. lobeaux

    lobeaux New Egg

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    thanks for the info.
     
  7. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    I bought the smaller ones because it said 'less dust' on the package.


    Man, if this is LESS dust I'm sure glad I didn't get the others, LOL


    you'll be fine with either.
     
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  8. Kylea0219

    Kylea0219 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use larger pine shavings and a lot of sweet pdz. They are crazy little dust factories! They like to dig to the bottom and take dust baths in the sweet pdz.
     
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  9. geojerry

    geojerry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four 1week old chicks. I just added pine shavings to my brooder. They seem so confused by the new bedding. will they adjust to it?
     
  10. rides2far

    rides2far Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should adjust to it. Mine hate anything new. I used shavings in their brooders when they were little. I just switched over to the flakes in the coop. I think they will produce less dust. My chickens would not go in the coop with the new shavings until I bribed them with treats, so just be patient.
     

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