Fine or Regular Pine Shavings for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Boneyard, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Boneyard

    Boneyard Out Of The Brooder

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    Getting 25 chicks from McMurry Hatchery on the 28th. Is it better to use the fine pine shavings or regular shavings for the brooder?
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I would use regular. The fine are dustier and they look to much like their crumbles, I've had chicks show more interest in trying to eat them.
     
  3. Boneyard

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    Thanks! That what I was thinking might happen.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I just use the regular stuff. And don't freak out too much about them eating the shavings, of course they're going to taste them. They don't have a momma to show them what to eat, and like any baby they taste everything. Little bit of shavings doesn't hurt anything.
     
  5. CedarRidgeFarm

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    Do not brood your new babie on shavings brood them on the non slip shelf liner so they dont get spraddle leg.
     

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