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Brooder Question?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by thatduckguyy, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. thatduckguyy

    thatduckguyy Chirping

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    For my brooder do I have to use pine shavings? Or can I just use paper towel, it would probably be easier to clean using paper towel right?
     

  2. Gerry2011

    Gerry2011 Chirping

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    I first tried paper towels......toooooooo messy, waaaaaay to soon![​IMG] Pine shavings are much cleaner and require a lot less changing.[​IMG]
     
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

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    Pine shavings are cleaner and easier to clean. I use pine in the coop too, I love it!
     
  4. ChickenCrazed

    ChickenCrazed Songster

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    I actually buy incontinence pads from Sams club that are 23 x 36 and disposable...Very easy to roll it all up and pop in a clean one!
     
  5. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

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    I use pine pellets. Love them.
     
  6. thatduckguyy

    thatduckguyy Chirping

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    Quote:How would I clean it though? I mean paper towel you just take it out and toss it.
     
  7. thatduckguyy

    thatduckguyy Chirping

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    Quote:I dont get it with paper towel you just take it out and toss it. how is pine shavings easier?
     

  8. Young Heritage

    Young Heritage Chirping

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    I use pine shavings and a little DE mixed in. It keeps everything dry so cleanup is no big deal and it's also good for them. Scoop it out and replace.
     
  9. claudicles

    claudicles Chirping

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    Pine shavings are cleaner because the poop gets mixed in with them, rather than sitting on top like with paper towel. The shavings dry the poop out nicely so the chicks stay nice and clean.
     
  10. debid

    debid Crowing

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    You can change litter half a brooder at a time. Just scoop it up with a dustpan a bit past the halfway mark (the chicks will crowd to the other side), put fresh in on that side, and then repeat with the other side. Super easy! And yes, much less gross to use litter than something that the poop sits on top of like newspaper or paper towels.
     

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