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Cardboard brooder box question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Faerie, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. Faerie

    Faerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am using a large cardboard box for my chicks. If I line the box with plastic, will the chicks peck at it?
     
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    They will peck at anything! Also, plastic on the flooring makes it hard for them to stand, possibly leading to 'spraddle'. On the floor its better to use paper or burlap covered with shavings. Sue
     
  3. Faerie

    Faerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going to cover the plastic with paper towels and pine shavings. Just thought the box would last longer if it didn't get wet. But I don't want the chicks to get hurt.
     
  4. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sometimes use cardboard boxes for brooders. Put the plastic under the box to protect the surface it sits on if needed, but unless they spill their water, or are ducks, I haven't had a problem with the box getting wet. And if it does, just trash it and get another.
     

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