Can you put this in there?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by thereverend, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. thereverend

    thereverend Out Of The Brooder

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    Can you put cat litter in the brooder to make it easyer to clean and make it smell nicer.
    please let me know..
     
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't recommend it! I think they would probably eat it. I have seen some use that organic pellet litter and that's too big for a chick to eat and they seem to think they work well. I always use paper towels for the first week and then switch to pine shavings! How old are your chicks?
     
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  3. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would be afraid the chicks would eat it. Shavings are more commonly used, I think, with newspaper or paper towels on top of the shavings if they are very young. I personally did not do this, just used shavings, but someone posted about their chick getting an impacted crop from pecking at the shavings. Multiple layers of newspaper might help, just take out the dirty layer everyday.
     
  4. thereverend

    thereverend Out Of The Brooder

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    they are 5 weeks old today..
    we use wood shavings.. now but looking for a easyer way
     
  5. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you DO use "cat litter", buy the "cheap" stuff that is 100% clay with nothing added to it...

    ...Our soil is 90% sand and 10% loam/duff/etc. We buy such clay to add to the soil, lol.
     
  6. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

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    I have used sand and it works great. I wash it very well before I used it and it cleans like kitty litter. It is easy to clean and doesn't hold any smell.
     
  7. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just make sure you DON'T use the clumping type if you do! It will compact together, stick all over them and kill them if they eat it!
     

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