Best Bedding for 3 Week old Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RCrosby, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. RCrosby

    RCrosby New Egg

    Feb 4, 2014
    I am currently using puppy pads for my brooder floor, but they just started tearing them up. Does anyone have a suggestion for an easy set up for older kids?

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  2. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2014
    Buffalo Wyoming
    I use old thick towels and throw them in the washer with bleach between batches of chicks. Old throw rugs work good too.
    I usually move mine out of the the house to the brooder in the barn at around 3 weeks old. I will have pine chips or hay on the floor.
  3. montain_dweller

    montain_dweller Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2011
    Continental divide
    i use pine shavings as soon as they exit the incubator. they are in the incubator for 2 full days after hatching. I like that the pine holds heat and the birds know to make a nest and keep warm under the heat halo.
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  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I also use pine shavings from day one. Warm, soft, dry, easy to keep clean. Layer of newspaper on the bottom, shavings on top. I add shavings occasionally as needed and once in a while I do a complete cleanout, just roll up the papers, dump and re-bed the brooder.

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