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Brooder cleaning???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Biddieacres, May 30, 2008.

  1. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    How often should I completely take all of the shaving out? Is it OK to keep adding clean shavings on top of the poopy ones?
     
  2. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    I only changed the litter completely after the first couple of weeks and then I added a little fresh litter each day after stirring up the old litter with a hand-held garden rake. They've been in the coop since 3 weeks (now 6 weeks old) and I started the deep litter method immediately. I just rake and fluff once a day and they seem to be thriving. Also adding a little fresh litter about once a week. Not too much though, as the object is to gradually build a 10-12 inch layer by cold weather. I started with about 4 inches. Hope this helps. [​IMG]

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    Susan
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The first week I change the papertowels daily. Then remove them all together. I add shavings as needed the next week. The next week it gets cleanout completely every week until those babies go to the side porch or the barn. Once there the spaces are much bigger and the litter is very deep and only needs to be stirred up.
     
  4. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    OK It looks like I should clean it out completely for a few more weeks until they go out to the coop. They are 3 weeks old now and have to wait until 6 weeks to move them. (until we finish the coop) Thanks!
     

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