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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stephanie1992, Feb 20, 2012.
would shredded news paper be ok for chicks???
it will get nasty pretty quick. I use puppy pee pads, it's easy to see what's there and I don't have to worry about them eating the paper scrounging around for food....
ok i have thos lol i will use them. i have 59 eggs due the 2nd. soo far they are all good. Im surprised they are all good lol. i have a big homemade brooder. it has two waterers in it and a long chick feeder. and two very small heat lamps. i was just thinking what to use for bedding till i got the ceder shavings
DON'T use cedar shavings. It can cause respitory issues. Many people use pine shavings. I prefer pine pellets. These are available at feed stores. They are different than woodstove pellets.
Shavings should be covered with paper towels for the first few days. Not a slippery paper like newspaper. This will keep them from eating the bedding and let their feet grow a little bit. I very useful tip is to put several layers of paper towels down before you put the chicks in. As a layer gets dirty you can easily remove one layer and there is already a fresh layer under it. Depending up the size of the brooder and the number of chicks you will need to change the paper towels once of twice a day.
ok i knew one was bad. i just couldnt remember. ill make sure i get pine.
and the pellets...are they like the ones used in horse stalls??
Yes the pellets I use are sold at a feed store and are often used in horse stalls. They sometimes run a bulk special, such as a ton. The specific brand I use is "Natures". I have no idea if it is a local or national brand. I bought a few bags on sale a few days ago for $4.00 for a 40lb bag.
wow thats really cheap. ill probably pick up a bag of that. The chicks do good on it??