I'm sure this has been discussed to DEATH but I searched and didn't quite come up what I was looking for, so here we go again. If there are threads I should go read, please direct me! My brooder is lined with vinyl for easy clean up and I had planned on using puppy pads for the new hatchlings and shavings when they get a little older. Now I'm seeing all over facebook how puppy pads are killing birds... So, feedback on the puppy pads? I think the problem was birds scratching the top sheet and then EATING the absorbent crystals, and yeah...that would kill them. But there was also mention of toxic fumes when they're heated and I'm not sure how seriously to take that. :-/ I won't be using a heat lamp, but have brooder plates instead. So, what do you do? Puppy pads? Paper towels over shavings? Straight to shavings? Something different? I swear, there are so many roads to Rome here that trying to pick "the best" is just maddening. I'm an overthinker anyway, and this isn't helping!