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Chicks picking at pine shavings...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Firefly, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. Firefly

    Firefly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My one week old chicks had their first day in the bigger box with pine shavings today. (Previously I'd been using newspaper with papertowel on top). I've noticed them picking at it... but I can't really tell if they're eating it or not. What do you guys think-- should I put some grit in there just in case they are eating it?

    I'm also having a hard time keeping the shavings out of their food and water. Any suggestions?

    Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the help!
     
  2. AmyAnnette

    AmyAnnette New Egg

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    Chicks will peek at anything. If grit is in their food I won't worry about anything. Good Luck:D
     
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    They are going to pick at it a little, just because they are finding out what it is....as far as the food and water....you said they are one week old....so try elevateing the food and water diches, anout 2 inches from the floor. This should help in keeping it cleaner!
     
  4. cookie_chick

    cookie_chick Out Of The Brooder

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    i find using shredded paper works best with paper towel underneath works like a charm
     
  5. Firefly

    Firefly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all, as usual good advice!! [​IMG]
     
  6. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    to keep shaving out of the water.set the waterer on a 2 by 4 big enough to support the waterer.an make sure the wood block is level.so the water dont run over.that will keep alot of the shavings out of their water.
     

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