Bedding?

Chicken0Boy

Songster
9 Years
Feb 27, 2010
1,142
3
161
Upstate of South Carolina
What kind of bedding should I use in my brooder? I really dont want alot of dust.
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SunshineSilkies

Songster
11 Years
Jan 10, 2009
1,613
22
171
Florida
I use paper towels for the first few days and then I go to the pet store and get some of the finer pins shavings used for hamsters. It is alot smaller and works for smaller breed chicks. Never had a problem. I just wait for a few days until the chicks know wher the food and water is then switch from the paper towels to the shavings.
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easttxchick

Lone Star Call Ducks
10 Years
Aug 3, 2009
8,427
68
263
For the first few days(you didn't say how old your chicks were) I use paper towels only.
Once I am sure they know what their food is and won't eat their bedding, I put them on a combo of pine shavings and pelleted pine bedding.
The dust is kind of inevitable-you can minimize it, but not completely eliminate it.
Good luck to you!
 

smithhouse

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 19, 2010
30
1
22
Athens, GA
I am getting my first chicks next week. Today in the feed and seed store, the employee highly recommended corn cob bedding . I came home with a bag. I intend to use paper towels for the first few days as suggested so they can know first what is food. After that, I will give it a try. I searched the archives, and it looks like a few people out there posted on using it successfully. Give it a go, if you are really concerned with dust since they are said to be virtually dust free.
 
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SaltLakeSpice

Chicken Tender
9 Years
Feb 7, 2010
105
2
99
84065
I have had very good results this year with that meshy shelf liner. It's relatively inexpensive and it's super easy to clean up.
 

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