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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tbone101, Mar 30, 2012.
I was wondering what type of beddin to use for my chicks.m
How old are your chicks? When mine were only a few days old I had them on paper towels, then after about a week I put pine shavings in the brooder. Now that they are outside in the coop they have sand as their bedding.
Mine at first had a pee pad (easier clean up ) now that they have their own chicken coop at 8 weeks they have pine shaving and love it.
Mine have pine shavings, and are three weeks old. I haven't had any problems with them eating the shavings. I put mine in a box with a puppy pee pad when i take them outside or clean out their cage, but I can't use that for long-term since I have a few feather-footed chicks. They end up with the dreaded poop foot on the pee pad.
Pine shavings, fluffed daily with a sprinkling of fresh shavings, and a total clean-out once or twice a week. I have eight chicks in my front room and it doesn't have a bad smell with this method.
I use pine pellets. I like them much better than pine shavings. Many of the feed stores around here use them too. For the first few days I cover them with paper towels but I don't think this is necessary. I will never use pine shavings or anything else in the brooder again,
Where do you buy pine pellets? I live in the city and it's so hard to find anything for chicks.
I also use shavings. A word of caution; if you use paper towels or something of the like, use pine shavings or another bedding over it to prevent splayed legs.
You can order them online.
pellets are the same thing used in a pelet stove any feed supply store stocks pellets or tsc