Brooder Bedding??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Trudi, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Trudi

    Trudi New Egg

    Jan 30, 2012
    What can I put down on the bottom of a rubbermaid tub for chicks just coming out of the incubator? Can I use alfalfa hay in there?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Really, most anything.

    Lots of folks like to use something like paper towels, rags or puppy pads for a couple of days, til they learn the difference between food and litter, so they don't eat so much litter. But most anything will work. Sheets of newspaper is the only problem material that I know of, as it gets slippery and may lead to splay leg or similar leg problems.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  3. Trudi

    Trudi New Egg

    Jan 30, 2012
    I have some puppy pads. Didn't know I could use those. Thanks!
  4. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    I used newspaper with paper towels on top of it for a few days ,then shavings on top, then started using puppy pads for the next several weeks with shavings on top. Put brick in my brooder to keep the food out of the shavings and as they got bigger I raised the dishes. Used water nipple bucket which saved me tons of work with poopy water all day. Saved lots of work daily just keeping food and water clean!
  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    Pine Shavings. I don't like newspaper because it is very slick for the chicks that cause feet/leg problems. It also gets very messy quick. Shavings last quite a while and they dry up the poop very fast.

  6. featheredroots

    featheredroots Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2011
    Madisonville, KY
    Last year I used Swheat Scoop wheat cat litter. I scooped the brooder a couple of times a day and changed it out once a week, it worked great. Since the chicks we got last year were already two weeks old, we didn't have trouble with them eating it, but our new babies will be just a couple of days old, so I'm definitely going to start out with the puppy pads. :)
  7. beefmaster

    beefmaster Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2012
    after they get 2 or 3 days old you can use the shavings.before i quit raising chicks i was just putting them right on the shavings.
  8. Snozzle

    Snozzle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2011
    Tri-Cities Tennessee
    I have been using cabinet liner with paper towels on top. Makes is softer, less cold and more slip proof then paper towels alone, I change the paper towels every day and the liner every few days. I had my silkie chicks on aspen shavings with a bit hay on top, which worked ok, but when they were really little they had problems with the uneven texture.
  9. BeccaSmith

    BeccaSmith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2011
    Meridian, ID
    We use wood pellets, like the kind you can buy for wood pellet burning wood stoves, sometimes they are sold as bedding for horses and other animals as well. They work great, just make sure you don't have the heat lamp to close as the wood pellets eat up and hold the heat and can burn their feet. We don't have any problems with this but when we first started out we noticed they were getting hot and moved the lamp up and are still able to maintain proper temps for them!
  10. chickenhead1

    chickenhead1 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2011
    Preston Oklahoma
    We used newspaper on top of wood shavings that we changed out twice daily. After a week, we had them on shavings only. No problems.

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