Cleaning pellets

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by alleyboballey, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. alleyboballey

    alleyboballey Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey! So this is a complete newbie question. How the heck do you clean the poops out of the pellets? We were thinking you just dump the old stuff and pour in brand new pellets but that seems wasteful, is there another way? Thanks!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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    I don’t. I hang the feeders to greatly cut down on the poop in there, but leave what little is in there. It won’t hurt them to eat it as long as it dries out and doesn’t get the feed damp to where it would mold.

    They eat poop all the time, usually off the ground. That’s how they share probiotics, help each other develop immunities, and there are a lot of partially digested nutrients in there.

    I raise the feeder and waterer to about the height of their back to keep poop and other trash out. If either are low, they can scratch a lot of trash on there as well as poop in it.
     
  3. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings and just rough it up them put more on top. My chicks are 2 weeks old now and I havent scooped it out yet. No smell and clean feathers, this works for me.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I see. I did not pay enough attention to which section you are in. You are talking about bedding, not feeding. My mistake.
     
  5. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I may have misread it also, no big deal, all good info!!
     
  6. alleyboballey

    alleyboballey Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes the bedding! You guys rock! What's funny is I was worried about them picking around and eating their poops, so it's good to know that it's okay. I've been adding pellets and scooping the mushed up areas that they spilled water on and it seems to work, thanks top knot [​IMG]
     
  7. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds perfect!
     

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