Bedding for Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by woman_in_shoe, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. woman_in_shoe

    woman_in_shoe Out Of The Brooder

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    Newbie here and we just hatched out our first batch of baby chicks. 7 out of 9 eggs incubated and hatched. I am wondering if I can use High Density Pellets animal bedding as bedding for my chicks? It is the type of bedding is shaving pellets that you add water to and it expands.
     
  2. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would it be bad if they ate it?
     
  3. woman_in_shoe

    woman_in_shoe Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:After you wet it down with water it breaks down into a fine sawdust.
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Well, the thing is, you want a dry environment for chicks, otherwise they can get cocci, and that is deadly. Not sure if I would use that.....
     
  5. woman_in_shoe

    woman_in_shoe Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I would of course let it dry off first for a day or so before putting it in the brooder.
     
  6. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Well....I've never heard of that type of bedding....so I wasn't sure if it would be damp or not....dampness means stinkyness and with a heat lamp, warm+damp=Illness....

    But you've got it all figured out then![​IMG]
     
  7. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep mine paper towels for the fist 2 weeks, and then pine shavings.
     

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