chicks eating pine shavings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by amaliayosa, Mar 16, 2008.

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  1. amaliayosa

    amaliayosa Songster

    I removed the paper towels today uncovering the pine shavings and they all went nuts, started eating them! They are fairly large for the most part, but their are some fine pieces mixed in. I quickly put the paper towels back down.
    I had laid food out on the towels for the first few days, then introduced the feeders yesterday. They went right for them, didnt seem to have any trouble.
    Any tips?

    Last edited: Mar 16, 2008
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I cant give tips but I know they are mistaking it for the food. They will eventually learn where the food is
  3. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    I had the same issue a few weeks back. Here is a link to that thread:

    My chicks still eat a few pieces when I put fresh shavings in the brooder. They have access to chick grit. They all seem to be healthy and growing VERY quickly! Hope this helps. I know it was scary to watch!
  4. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    They explore the world with their mouths. Mine did it at first, then the next time I put in shavings, it wasn't very exciting or appetizing to them.
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