Bedding material for chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by marlene, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi can you tell me what is best to use for bedding in a brooder, i have chicks due to hatch monday and i'm not sure what is best to get.
    Thanks, marlene
     
  2. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    I like to use shelf liner for newly hatch chicks. It helps them get some traction, and helps prevent spraddle legs. [​IMG]

    Once they get older I use Pine Shavings.

    ~ Aspen [​IMG]
     
  3. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    The rubberized shelf liner is great, but I used and old bath towel (make sure no little strings are on it to tangle in toes or get in their throat), absorbant and good traction too. After about 3 days I use the leaf off my alfalfa hay. I shake it off the stems and fill a bucket to carry it to the brooder. They will eat some and its also good feed and it's a natural deoderizer. [​IMG]
     
  4. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Aspen, thanks for the reply but what is shelf liner?. Ive not heard of shelf liner here in uk.
     
  5. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Oh, well. Here in the U.S. you can buy this rubber shelf liner. It's meant to line your shelves, kitchen cabinets, etc. I bet you can find some on ebay.com

    ~ Aspen [​IMG]
     
  6. mystang89

    mystang89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't peck and try to eat it?
     
  7. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:No. Not unless you don't have food in their brooder. [​IMG]

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  8. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried pine shavings but they seem to try to eat it, I'm back to straw now, they seem to scramble around on it fairly well, though it takes more effort to climb in the straw, they don't confuse it with the pine bark/shavings, I don't use alfalfa at all - it's dusty, it molds quickly and it's not all that good for them to eat, I've read it can cause problems eating too much of it, just plain ole straw.
     
  9. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can sand be used for bedding? i'm sure i've seen a disscusion on here about it been used for chicks.
     
  10. buffbrahmaboy

    buffbrahmaboy Out Of The Brooder

    I used a plastic childs pool for a brooder with softwood shavings in the bottom. It worked fine but I had to put an old towel under the litter after a chick slipped a tendon. Pick up all spilled food and they probably won't eat the shavings.
     

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