chick bedding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kyrose, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    i have 6 2 day old chicks that i keep on paper towels.i was wondering when i can put pine shavings or pine pellets in for them.
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I left them on paper towels for 5 days, then I let them onto the shavings. My 1st set of chicks, they went onto pine shavings at a day old. (I didn't know that it was an issue then, but they did fine)
  3. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    Quote:why is it an issue?
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:why is it an issue?

    Sometimes chicks don't know the difference between the shavings and the food in the feeders because they just haven't learned about a feeder yet. Once they know where the food is and are eating reliably then they are fine on shavings. Some people do the paper towels some don't. I had mine on shavings from day one, just showed them the feeders and watched to see that they were all finding it and eating well. I've never had a problem.
  5. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    New York STATE
    mine had pine wood shavings the second or third day and they were fine
  6. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    great cause the paper towels are a pain when the poo comes...[​IMG]
  7. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
    middle tenn
    i lined the bottom of my brooder with paper towels and the i put rubber shelf liner you use in cabinets. when it gets dirty just take the chicks out shake off the liner replace the paper towels and your good to go for while. keeps the smell down to a minimum
  8. lazydaisy67

    lazydaisy67 New Egg

    Jan 21, 2008
    Quote:What do you do if their little toes get crusted poo on them? I use newspapers for the first week or two and after that they just walk on the wire bottom of the brooder cage I have. What should I do differently?
  9. slickchik

    slickchik Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2008
    Southern California
    The only problem with newspaper is that if you have a chick with mildly splayed legs, they can't get a grip and allow their legs to heal right...
  10. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2009
    Mine were on pine shavings from day one. No problem it's easy to clean too.

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