bedding for week old chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bluedawg, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. bluedawg

    bluedawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    Croton on Hudson
    What sort of bedding do you all use for newly hatched chicks up to a week or so old? I've been using variouse soft "stuff" like old towels over newspaper and such but they sure do poop a lot. I have 7 and I have to clean several times a day... is there an easier way?
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    I use papertowls for the first week then I use hay, some people use pine but there is a thought that it may be just as dangerous as ceder. Good luck someone else will know more I am shure.
  3. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I use pine shavings, works well for me:>) I put thier feed on a peice of newspaper for the first bit then into a chick feeder
  4. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I use incontinence pads for the first couple of days. Then I throw shavings on top of the pads. I like the pads because they have a waterproof side and an absorbant side. I put the absorbant side facing up so it soaks up all the wet stuff. They are like puppy pee pads but cheaper if you buy them at a medical supply store.

    For shavings I use shredded paper from the diamond cut shredder at work. So far I haven't had one chick try to eat the stuff so it seems to work pretty good. And I don't mind throwing out the whole boxful when I clean every 2-3 days since it's all free and goes in the compost pile. With wood shavings I used to try to "scoop" the bedding like kitty litter to conserve on the amount of shavings I used.
  5. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I have horses so I have lots of hay...I just use the scattered 'waste' hay in my chicks boxes and the hen houses.
  6. Buttercupnectar

    Buttercupnectar New Egg

    Mar 27, 2008
    My chicks are hatching right now. I lay cheesecloth down for them. After that I use shredded newspaper or the pine shavings. The pine shavings are messy though because they get in the food and water constantly.

  7. bluedawg

    bluedawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    Croton on Hudson
    Thanks everyone - that's a bunch of ideas. I think I'll try pine shavings.

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