Eeek!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SandraMort, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    ny
    I learned a lesson the hard way this morning. Don't give babies too much bedding. If one or two die, which occasionally happens, they get buried and you don't notice until they smell.

    ICK.
     
  2. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Ohhhh my, what a horriable thing to learn !!!!!! I'm so sorry for you !!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Why do you think you lost a few ??? How long do you think they were there ?? And how many chicks did you have ???


    :aww :aww :aww :aww :aww :aww :aww
     
  3. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    USA
    What are you using for bedding? If it's pine, that can kill them because they inhale or ingest it when they are pecking at food.
     
  4. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    ny
    Quote:I found them when I changed their bedding today.

    How long do you think they were there ?? And how many chicks did you have ???

    I changed the bedding Sunday, so less than a week. I have three dozen or so in the brooder, so two missing is understandable.​
     
  5. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    ny
    Not sure offhand what kind of bedding it is, I'd have to look at the package. None of the birds have done badly with it before, though, so I suspect it was being cold when the electricians were here leaving the door open or the night the heat lamp blew out in the middle of the Brrrrrr... cold night.

    [email protected]@2four :

    What are you using for bedding? If it's pine, that can kill them because they inhale or ingest it when they are pecking at food.​
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Sandra, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm like you, I think it's more likely the heat situation than the shavings. Best of luck with the rest of them.
    ETA: Mine started out on pine shavings, still use it to this day. I made the newbie mistake of forgetting to put down paper towels over the bedding for the first few days. Didn't matter, they still did fine.
     
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  7. lnm03

    lnm03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [email protected]@2four :

    What are you using for bedding? If it's pine, that can kill them because they inhale or ingest it when they are pecking at food.

    Several people have told me to use pine bedding...if it can kill them what are you suppose to use???​
     
  8. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Very young babies should probably have the shavings covered until they figure out where the food is. They will try to eat it, and can't handle it yet. So cover with newspapers or papertowels for the first few days until they know the difference between food and bedding. I try to keep my chicks on the rubber shelf liner in smaller brooders for the first week until they stabilize. [​IMG]

    So sorry SandraMort... :aww
     
  9. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:Several people have told me to use pine bedding...if it can kill them what are you suppose to use???

    Pine shavings are fine, alot of people say not to use them for the first few days (chicks 1 - 3ish days) b/c they can cause spraled leg, Ive never had an issue !!!!! Pine is the safest to use !!!!
     
  10. lnm03

    lnm03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK thanks! I am getting my first chicks next friday the 24th...and want to make sure I do this right!!!
     

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