expecting 13 bantams by thursday..... need some info

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by irmad, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. irmad

    irmad Songster

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    2 questions.. ..

    -Can I give layers mash to my chicks or should I give chick starter when my chicks hatch?
    -what can I use as bedding frome day 1, news paper, kitchen towels or saw dust?
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

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    Chick starter and I use paper towels for first week or so then I switch over to pine bedding. Don't use news paper they will get sparled legs news paper is to slick.
     
  3. ChirpyChicks1

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    Use chick starter until they are at or close to laying age

    My girls went into a plastic tote and since it was slippery I put down those puppy pee pads and pine shavings

    edited to add: I used shredded newspaper over the puppy pads for the first day or two before I picked up the pine shavings, my chicks had no issues with the paper but I didn't use it every long. I've read negative things about it since.
     
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  4. irmad

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    I'm assuming I use dust extracted pine shavings?

    I will use paper towels for the first week in the brooder and then pine shavings.

    I candled all thirteen eggs and they look alive and kicking.... I hope they all hatch.
     
  5. ChirpyChicks1

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    My bag says "pine shavings" [​IMG] I got them from my farm store. Same thing any animal would use. Good luck hatching those eggs!!
     
  6. irmad

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    Thank you chirpychick1 and every that replied. Im new to hatching.... for the first time i incubated and hatched quail eggs 3 weeks ago and I had 100% hatch. Thank you for everyones kind advice on this forum.

    Back to bantam eggs. Would anyone know what day I should be doing incubator lock down.... 18-19 day?

    Will let you know the outcome soon.......
     

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