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Brooder floor covering

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by citygirl, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. citygirl

    citygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a reason to use wood chips instead of straw? I'm getting my first Black Copper Marans chicks tomorrow. They are already 2 weeks old but it's now warm enough to ship. I'm so excited. The breeder called and said there are 5 "shipping peanuts" in with them. I had to look up and find out that I get 5 more babies. She said they're Americaunas. Can I say I'm say so excited again. Thanks for the info. :
     
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  2. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is easier to clean the brooder when using wood chips. When my chickens were babies in the brooder, I would clean out the poop nightly. I tried straw in the hen house and still use it on the floor and shelves...but the poop box gets wood shavings.
     
  3. citygirl

    citygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I'm getting my checks about 2 weeks earlier than I thought so I have some work to do.
     

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