Chicks and dust! Arghhhhh!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by darbella, May 25, 2010.

  1. darbella

    darbella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2008
    New Hampshire
    OK all you veteran and maybe even newbie chick raisers, here is a question...How the heck can I keep the dust down. I keep my chicks in my art studio in assorted brooders, depending on how many chicks are in each size. I just cannot believe the amont of dust these little pom poms are making. Is it from the mash, the shavings or a combo of both? Any suggestions other than shrink wrapping the whole kit and caboodle? (just kidding), but there mus be a way to keep it down. I clean the brooders every other day unless they spill the water and the shavings get damp. I am getting so fristrated cause I love raising the babies, but at the same time, I have not been able to work in my art studio and that is how I was making some money even in this poor economy. Any help would be appreciated. Please note that I cant afford to go out and buy any more materials as I am all spent out at the moment!
  2. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    I don't know of a thing! Maybe one of us could invent something and market it; I know lots of us would buy one....
  3. suzyq53511

    suzyq53511 Drowning in Chickens!

    Apr 30, 2010
    try different shavings. i have 16 chicks right now and I really dont have a problem with dust.
  4. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF East Bay CA
    I'm using rice hulls suggested by another byc member, and it's awesome
  5. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    Wood pellets for stoves may work as well.
  6. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Try sand, when the poop in it you use a kitty litter scoop to get it out.
  7. 4 luv of eggs

    4 luv of eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    I have a fine mesh screen over my tote brooders. It doesn't eliminate it but it does make it livable.
  8. I Dream 0f Chickens *U*

    I Dream 0f Chickens *U* Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2010
    Broussard, LA
    Would an air purifier help, do you think?
  9. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I use wood pellets - much, much less dust.

    I've also heard of placing air filters (like you'd buy for your furnace) over the brooder to reduce the dust.

    My favorite method - move them outside. [​IMG]
  10. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I stopped brooding chicks in the house long ago for this very reason.

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