Bedding!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by blackvelvet, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. blackvelvet

    blackvelvet In the Brooder

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    What is everyone's favorite bedding? I have seen some people use paper towels, some use aspen, and some and my self use pine shaving.
     
  2. hokankai

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    Puppy pads for the 1st week, and then pine shavings after that
     
  3. mallory2013

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    Quote:Wow what a great idea to use puppy pads! I never thought of that!
     
  4. FutureHomesteader

    FutureHomesteader In the Brooder

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    The "chick lady" at my local agway told me to use newspaper(black & white) for three days, then pine shavings.
     
  5. blackvelvet

    blackvelvet In the Brooder

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    I have always used pine shaving from day one. Do you all see any difference in newspaper/puppypads for the first week?
     
  6. gumbii

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    construction paper for a week, and slowly add more and more pine shavings...
     
  7. ddroland

    ddroland Chirping

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    I've tried all kinds of bedding, in the brooder and in the coop. I've found the saw dust type to be the best and most absorbant. It is the same bedding they use in horse stalls and is available at most supply stores. My chicks would always eat the pine shavings and this also solved that problem.
     
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  8. carolinasculpture

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    I used fresh cut clover from our yard (no chemicals). They loved it and foraged a bit...but not absorbent at ALL. I did have to change it every day, sometimes 2x!
     
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Straight onto pine shavings. Never lost a chick to eating them.
     
  10. hokankai

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    Quote:Wow what a great idea to use puppy pads! I never thought of that!

    I absolutely love puppy pads for when they're itty bitty. It takes exactly 2 minutes to change it out every other day, and I like to see that they are pooping normally in that critical period. They also have no interest in pecking/eating them. I got a huge pack of them for free from a dog breeder, so it was even better! I also put one on my lap so they don't poop on me [​IMG]
     
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