Hi everyone! I am so glad there is so much good advice on here! I've been reading and reading and reading. I had raised chicks about 20 years ago, started working full time and stopped. A few years ago I started back up with a small backyard flock and they are my little darlings, including Henry the rooster. I have since had to quit work due to spine surgery. So here I am with 6 two week old chicks (from feed store) and 25 six day old bantam takeoffs from the standard breeds (from Cackle hatchery). Here's my question and I hope you can help me. I bought a compressed bag of white shavings from the local feed store for my chicks bedding about 1 week before I bought my first 6 chicks. No problem. When my 25 chicks arrived about 3 days ago I used the shavings from the same bag. No problem. While changing their bedding this morning I saw MOLD in the corners of the bag and the shavings felt damp! It appears to have consumed about half the bag. So... for a week I had been unknowingly using this stuff! I thought these plastic wrapped compressed bags of shavings was supposed to be dry. My heart just breaks knowing I may have infected them with mold spores. Arent shavings supposed to be dry? What do people do if they want to store an extra bag? Would it be better to buy a bale of straw for their bedding instead? Any advice would be so appreciated. I never thought I would be asking these questions because I had raised chickens in the past. Thank you in advance! Barb Oh... BTW... the shavings went straight from minivan to the garage which is tightly enclosed and heated.