Cat Litter and Chicks/Poults

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cheeps, May 30, 2010.

  1. cheeps

    cheeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Rockwell, NC
    This may be a stupid question, but it's one I can't really find a straight answer to online. I have two turkey poults and two chicks (all five weeks old) in a converted large dog crate in my dining room. Hoping to get rid of these two chicks soon and just have the two turkeys. Anyway, I re-homed my cat last week and I have a brand new box of scoopable cat litter and no kitty to use it. I was wondering if this is safe to use in my brooder. The shavings get so smelly so quickly, and it would be nice to be able to poop scoop the brooder. I can think of a few reasons it may not be, but I figured I'd turn to the experts for guidance!!
  2. cerridwenn

    cerridwenn Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2010
    Farmington, NM
    i think they would eat it because it looks like chick crumbles, and probably get sick from it. birds try to eat ANYTHING. maybe, if they are just walking on the bare cage, you could put a tray far enough underneath that they didn't eat it and the poop would fall through into it, but i think they would stick their heads through and still try to eat it.
  3. RoninComputing

    RoninComputing Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2010
    Tempe AZ
    Clumping cat litter os a nono... chicks will eat it and it then clumps inside them.... not to mention that the chemicals in it are less than friendly

    Give the cat litter to your local rescue shelter, they will appreciate the donation

  4. cheeps

    cheeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Rockwell, NC
    Yeah, I was sort of thinking the same thing about them eating it. It would probably get gross in their crop and cause problems?
  5. Pennyhibbitts

    Pennyhibbitts Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2009
    mineral wells
    From trial and error I can assure you that you should NOT use kitty litter in your brooder! They will eat it and it will swell in their crop and KILL them!![​IMG] Besides the fact that there are perfumes and dyes used in kitty litter. You can use the kitty litter on your flower bed if the chicks do not have access to this area.
  6. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Well I'm gonna go on the other side!! I use cat litter in my "nursery" coop on the floor!! Mine are from 8-14 weeks old!! I haven't seen one of them even peck at it!! And it sure is easier to clean with a litter scoop!!

  7. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    Not that this helps but my kitten would rather us wood shaving then kitty litter. I wouldn't use kitty litter for chicks myself. I us papertowles over shaving in a brooder for the first two days.
  8. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Don't use it. As other posters have mentioned they can eat it and the clumping type litter is especially bad if that happens. I do kitten foster and have seen kittens get very sick (sometimes die) from eating the clumping type litter. I don't even use that stuff for the cats anymore, the pine pellet type stall bedding works great for brooders and cat boxes too. Donate it to the shelter or put it up on cl and sell it, but don't use it in your brooder.
  9. redfox

    redfox New Egg

    May 31, 2010
    Just confirming what every has said "stay away". I found that pine shavings work the best for me
  10. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I use feline pine (or equine pine) as my cat litter so I could in fact use that for chicks (it's compressed pine), but never would I use clumping kitty litter for chickens (heck, I won't even use it for my cats!). Sides, even if they didn't eat it, chickens won't go in large enough quantities at a time to have clumps to scoop. It would be like back when I had a 'leaky' cat and still used the clumping litter - tiny little pebbles everywhere. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 31, 2010

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