Bedding material for chicks

marlene

Songster
8 Years
Aug 17, 2011
659
6
128
UK
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
 

Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

Fluffy Feather Farm
9 Years
Jan 26, 2010
15,968
112
366
Texas, Panhandle
I like to use shelf liner for newly hatch chicks. It helps them get some traction, and helps prevent spraddle legs.


Once they get older I use Pine Shavings.

~ Aspen
 

peepblessed

Songster
8 Years
Aug 3, 2011
5,146
79
243
Twin Oaks, California
My Coop
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.
 

marlene

Songster
8 Years
Aug 17, 2011
659
6
128
UK
Hi Aspen, thanks for the reply but what is shelf liner?. Ive not heard of shelf liner here in uk.
 

Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

Fluffy Feather Farm
9 Years
Jan 26, 2010
15,968
112
366
Texas, Panhandle
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
 

Achickenwrangler#1

Songster
8 Years
Aug 7, 2011
2,431
106
183
west virginia
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.
 

marlene

Songster
8 Years
Aug 17, 2011
659
6
128
UK
Can sand be used for bedding? i'm sure i've seen a disscusion on here about it been used for chicks.
 

buffbrahmaboy

Chirping
8 Years
Aug 24, 2011
32
1
82
North Okanagan, BC CA
My Coop
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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