Bedding for brooders ! :)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grace21, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. grace21

    grace21 Out Of The Brooder

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    What bedding should I use in my brooder ?
    I have access to hay, chaff both lucerne and shandy and possibly sand,
    which one of these would be best?
    TIA :)
     
  2. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    'Best' in my experience is actually brooding on wire with a litter pan below to catch the droppings, it's a much cleaner environment.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Never done it, but i have read that wood shavings, covered with kitchen paper towels (so the chicks can see the food they inevitably spill everywhere) is another option.

    CT
     
  4. 2oldnow

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    What size wire? One half inch? Thanks
     
  5. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use 1/2x1/2 in my brooders, for quail i have to line it with paper towels the first week but chickens/ducks/turkey go directly on the wire with no problems.
     
  6. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I first put down a layer of puppy pads then covered them with paper towels. Just kept adding clean paper towels on top of the old ones. After a week (and one roll of paper towels), thet had pretty much figured out what was food and I was consistently seeing normal droppings so I switched to low dust shavings. One bale lasted until they were 8 weeks old. So, total of about $6 spent.
     
  7. mustangrooster

    mustangrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    An Old thread? I know..But I just wanted to add that I use Chaff in my brooder, whom currently my silky chicks are running around in. Chaff is alright right? Never tried it before and I am hoping to keep my silkys alive.

    -Mustang
     
  8. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll have to agree with JetCat, besides baby chicks started on 1/4 inch hardware cloth are protected from Coccidosos and most other things that go bump in the night.
     
  9. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update: I now love using the equine pine pellet bedding for my brooders over shavings. It turns to sawdust as it absorbs the droppings and all I have to do is give it a stir every once in a while--the sawdust sinks to the bottom and whole pellets rise to the top. Even works great with waterfowl and their messy little selves!
     

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