Brooder bedding??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nuts4hotwheels, May 30, 2010.

  1. nuts4hotwheels

    nuts4hotwheels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that this has been asked before, but... This is day number for my babies. What should I have on the bottom of the brooder for bedding. Right now, I have paper towels. Some posts that I have read say "Use paper towels", "use paper towels on top of pine shavings" and other say "straight pine shavings from day one".
     
  2. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do straight pine shavings from the beginning.
     
  3. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    Mine love alfalfa. It's comfortable and they eat it too.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Kiln-dried pine shavings all the way from day one.
     
  5. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine bedding pellets. They are a lot less messy than pine shavings and much less smelly. I put paper towels over them for about the first week.
     
  6. suzyq53511

    suzyq53511 Drowning in Chickens!

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    I have been using shavings. I tried old towels for a few days. It was wayyyyy to much work and really gross.
     
  7. redfox

    redfox New Egg

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    I use pine shavings and alfalfa depending on what i have around the farm but they both work just find for me. Not a fan of the paper towels sorry
     
  8. lilchik

    lilchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use puppy training pads. If I run out of them, I have used paper towels. I prefer the training pads because my brooders are in the house and pine shavings get to smelly. Plus if they get damp from spilled water, they are even more smelly and hold moisture. I change the training pad daily to keep the brooder clean. I do use pine shaving in the outside brooder when the chicks outgrow the inside brooder.
     
  9. dutchhollow

    dutchhollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use wood pellets, I do usually put a paper towel under the feeder to scatter some food on for the first day, after that just the pellets. They stay a lot dryer then shavings.
     
  10. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used crushed walnut shells (finely crushed) had great results and now I use playsand like for a kid's sand box because it is much much less expensive and works great too!
    Caroline
     

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