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Chick age for pine shavings?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jennyf, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. jennyf

    jennyf Songster

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    When are you all comfortable with putting Cornish X chicks on pine shavings? I have some one week olds, have been using paper towels but I'm ready to be done with those!
     

  2. chickenweirdo1

    chickenweirdo1 Songster

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    They can go in the shavings now, i think the paper towels are a waist of time.
     
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  3. chickenfama

    chickenfama Hatching

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    I have always used pine shavings from day one when I get the chicks. Maybe a little paper towel underneath the shavings at first so they don't splay out their legs. Also plenty of chick feed so they don't try and eat the shavings.
     
  4. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Songster

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    I did shavings from day one and never had a problem. They were on shavings at the feed store i bought them from as well.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I always do shavings right from the start.
     
  6. jennyf

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    You guys have TOTALLY made my day... Off to throw shavings in stinky chick brooder now...
     
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  7. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Crowing

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    I start on pine shavings on day one as well.
     

  8. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Must hatch more Premium Member Project Manager

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    Keep it dry in there.

    Congrats on your new fluffy butts!
     
  9. Keeber

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    I have never heard of using paper towels for chicks. Assuming that is to help prevent leg splay? I just use a thin soft layer of shavings and change them every couple days, or if I see they have become damp from messy drinking. Whichever comes first.
     

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