cloth diapers as bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LifeIsSchool, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. LifeIsSchool

    LifeIsSchool Hatching

    Mar 13, 2013
    Hello! I'm a total noob here, just got my first mini flock of 6 chicks yesterday.

    I've been using papertowels and/or newspaper as bedding to start, but I'm not loving it.

    I was wondering if anyone has used cloth diapers (prefolds) as bedding in the brooder. It seems like a decent solution to me, better than paper towels and reuseable, but I'm wondering what the drawbacks are that I'm not considering. I know the laundry, but I washed my kids' poop in my washing machine so I don't think chicken poop would be different? Am I wrong?

  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I just used pine shavings from the beginning. Personally, I wouldn't want to do all that laundry. [​IMG]

    Oh! and [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2013
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles

    I have always been pretty happy with pine shavings. Cloth diapers seem messy. I imagine the poop would stay on top and they would need to be washed very frequently. I find that I don't have to change the shavings all that often if you get a nice layer. Just lift the water and feeder up off the ground so that they don't kick the shavings in.
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    X3. I've always used pine shavings right from day one. Stays nice and dry and makes a nice bed for babies to sleep in. I personally don't like anything that lets lots of poop sit around where all those little feet are just constantly walking through it. Shavings are always getting scratched around and stirred up so the poop gets covered up and dries out pretty quick.

  5. LifeIsSchool

    LifeIsSchool Hatching

    Mar 13, 2013
    so if I use pine shavings, how often to I change it out?
  6. missnu01

    missnu01 Songster

    Nov 16, 2012
    When it starts to look yucky or smell bad...don't let it go too long...but you don't have to change them all that often with chicks. Just make sure to stir them up really well if the chicks aren't doing a great job at it.
  7. i agree with Yay Chicks! and[​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2013

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