Can you use Eco flake for chick bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crosbygroup, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. crosbygroup

    crosbygroup Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was just wondering if anyone has used Eco flake with their chicks. I use it in the nest boxes for my hens, but have always kept the chicks on paper towels then later on news paper.

    According to the manufacturer "All natural wood shavings bedding. Kiln dried to ensure minimum moisture content for maximum absorbency, as well as to kill any bacteria present. Triple screened to remove irritating dust. Made from eco-friendly softwood byproduct."
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  2. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    I prefer paper towels, cheese cloth, non-snagging fabric, the first 4 or 5 days. Newspaper is too slick and can cause splayed legs and foot problems. America's Choice has been changed to Eco-Flake now. I've used that brand of pine shavings for years in brooders and coops. Avoid the very fine flake. It is too dusty and easier for birds to ingest.
  3. crosbygroup

    crosbygroup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the reply on the shavings. I might give it a try in a few days. They are still on the paper towels. I was thinking of using the shavings over news paper after their first week.
  4. Mimimonster

    Mimimonster New Egg

    Feb 2, 2015
    I am so very frustrated. I have 10 chicks on Eco flake and I have them on Medicated food. I have lost 3. Each one has died "gasping" with rapid breathing. I have now changed the Eco Flake to cheese cloth. Could someone please tell me if I am missing something. It looks like I have 2 right now that are showing the same symptoms as the previous. The bedding from the farm store I bought them seemed to be more course of a chip than the stuff I have...although the bag doesn't indicate it is a fine shaving. When I asked the "chicken expert" he said Eco flake is fine. HELP!

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