coop brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dustoff79, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks come next week and I will be putting them in the Coop. I have some more work to do but, basically it is ready. my question is why not shavings and why paper towels and not newspaper?
     
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Using paper towels gives there feet traction. Newspaper makes for a slipper surface.
     
  3. Jarhead

    Jarhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find that a bed of pine shavings, sprinkled with DE, then topped with 1 layer of paper towels is the way to go.

    1. - Paper towels will make clean up super easy. Roll up and throw the poop out.
    2. - Keeps small peeps from tasting the pine.
    3. - Can clean the poop more often since it's easy to do so.
    4. - Pine/DE under it helps keep the smell down.

    Once the chicks are bigger (usually a week or 2 old) I stop the paper towels since they usually are more active and shred it and move them to expose the shavings anyway.

    I have done it without the paper towels and with them. With is easier IMO.

    - Semper Fi!
     
  4. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, that sounds like a good plan.
     

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