Bedding for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by The Chickadoodles, May 20, 2019.

  1. The Chickadoodles

    The Chickadoodles In the Brooder

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    I am going to make a brooder for my new chicks but what can I use?
    I have no straw or wood shavings and stuff like that, and it's not sold a lot and it's rare to find in my country. What can I use? If possible can I not have any bedding?
     
  2. LaurEliz

    LaurEliz Songster

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    It is possible to not have bedding, but I'd suggest against it. It sounds very messy. I've used layers of newspaper and shredded newspaper before.
     
  3. the cluck juggler

    the cluck juggler Incubator Addict

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    I use old towels for chicks 0-2 weeks, and change them once daily.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    You can use sand in the Brooder.
     
  5. The Chickadoodles

    The Chickadoodles In the Brooder

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    I previously had broilers and I didn't know much so I did that and it's so hard to clean and they always find a way to spill water
     
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  6. LaurEliz

    LaurEliz Songster

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    I've never had any issues with it. I usually just rolled up the newspaper sheets at the end of the day and laid down new ones. I've also heard of people using sand, leaves, and grass clippings.
     
  7. chkva

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    Leaves, grass clippings, newspaper with paper towels on top, and shredded newspaper.

    I used leaves in my coop when I was raising my chicks (they're 6 months old now and laying) and it worked great. It actually made a great compost, I just added more every week and after about 4 months I took it out. The chickens composted it all for me and they actually loved the leaves more than the straw I use now.

    You should only use dry leaves... It's best to collect the leaves in fall and bag them in contractor bags to use for the rest of the year.
     
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  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Those are all good suggestions except I wouldn't use anything slick like newspaper.
    I use paper towels for the first couple days or so.
    I know a woman who uses chick starter for bedding. She just puts down a floor of chick starter and raises them on that. They'll eat some of their own feces either way.

    What country are you in?
     
  9. The Chickadoodles

    The Chickadoodles In the Brooder

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    Im in Philippines and I will get either australorp or Rhode Island red
     
  10. The Chickadoodles

    The Chickadoodles In the Brooder

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    I'm in a tropical country and there's no fall season. The leaves fall almost everyday
     
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