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bedding for new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Marianne25, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. Marianne25

    Marianne25 Out Of The Brooder

    Hi all, my chicks are coming next Thursday or Friday, I'm almost all set (including making my very own Mama heating pad brooder today ;)

    I've noticed in a lot of the new chick pics on here that people have paper towels on the floor of their brooder; I think I've read that it should be only for a day or two? I've bought pine shavings but am wondering, should I put down paper towels or a towel for the first few days?

    This forum is amazing.
    Thanks
     
  2. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used only pine shavings from day 1 and I have put down paper towels for the first few days, and it doesn't seem to matter, except pine shavings get in the water.
     
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  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use paper towels for the first week so I can assess droppings (you can put them over shavings). It's not uncommon for chicks to get diarrhea from shipping stress, but it's difficult to tell with shavings unless you see them go.
     
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  4. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've only started two flocks so far, one layer flock in January and broilers three weeks ago, and I only used pine shavings. After a couple of days I've had to put the water fount on blocks of wood or like Duck Girl said you'll get pine shavings in the water. Same goes for the feed trough. But all in all I've been very happy with the shavings; they keep the odor down and absorb waste really good.
     
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  5. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, yeah, I forgot about the odor. It seems to be a lot worse with paper towels. Plus paper towels have to be changed more often. They get really nasty. Jensownzoo has a good point, though. I would just use pine shavings, maybe with paper towels around the water and feed, if I were you. Pine shavings are less work. I'm kind of, umm ... lazy [​IMG]
     
  6. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a bit lazy too. :) I just layered the towels on top of each other. Then if it got whiffy, I rolled them up and replaced them. If you use good towels, they're pretty good at dehydrating things so it doesn't smell.
     

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