BEDDING QUESTION

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by t-dawg, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. t-dawg

    t-dawg Out Of The Brooder

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    i'd go and get pine shavings, but i just don't wanna spend the extra money(im opaying a fortune for all of this) could i just use shreaded paper?
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
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    Depends on how old your birds are and how often you change the bedding.
     
  3. t-dawg

    t-dawg Out Of The Brooder

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    im talking day old chicks
     
  4. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am having good luck with paper towels. During the day I just keep adding a layer. Once a day I change the whole thing. They are 4 days old. Soon I will switch to pine shavings though. Also I got a really good deal on a BIG package of paper towels!
     
  5. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I recently used old newspaper for the newly hatched chicks....didn't cost me thing! --finally, something I could afford![​IMG]
     
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Shredded paper is usually not a good animal bedding unless you have something like gerbils who are desert animals, drink very little, pee very little, shred their own bedding, and keep their own cage clean. It tends to not give a very good footing, compacts down into a gooey mess when wet, requires constant cleaning out....

    I used paper towels for the first 4 days but it's not really cheaper than shavings unless you don't clean the pen. If you don't clean it you'll end up with sick chicks. Bedding is about the cheapest part of taking care of them though. Really is $5 for a bag of pine shavings that bad? Here $5 will get me a giant bag that fills my 3x6' guinea pig pen and the brooder 3 or 4 times. Even from walmart a $5 bag will fill my brooder at least twice. The few bucks I spent on bedding for the chicks is not even worth mentioning.
     
  7. t-dawg

    t-dawg Out Of The Brooder

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    im just worried that if i use something with ink on it, the chicks will eat it and get sick... but if you guys say so, i'll give it a try. [​IMG]
     
  8. priszilla

    priszilla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried some shredded paper once -it was awful.I am using some chopped hay and shavings now for "indoor" babies- trying to get sand for the outdoor buildings-Aspen while$$$ is less dusty than pine
     
  9. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Now I don't shred my paper, just lay it flat and layer as needed (or take out and change when needed).

    I worried about the ink too....but if fish can be wrapped in it, I thought it was relatively safe...didn't seem to bother my birds.....
     
  10. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried shredded paper with 3 week old NN's. What a mess. Went to pine shavings and enjoyed wathing them trying to dust themselves in it. Pine shavings for me from now on!
     

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