Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ricks Chicks, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Ricks Chicks

    Ricks Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do I need to have any liter on the brooder floor or should I keep it bare. my chicks are do this week end.
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    What are you using as a brooder?

    For new chicks, I like to use several layers of paper towels laid on top of several inches of pine or aspen shavings. The paper towels serve 2 purposes for me:

    1. Ease of daily cleaning, and

    2. They keep the chicks from eating the shavings and gives them a chance to learn what their feed is.

    A slick surface like plastic, could possibly cause your new chicks to suffer from leg problems because they don't get good enough traction.

    Hope this is some help!


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