flooring or bedding or whatever you would call it

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by doghamstyluv95, May 6, 2007.

  1. doghamstyluv95

    doghamstyluv95 Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
  2. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    That bedding will work great for your chicks once they're a little older. Start out with paper towels (not newspaper because its too slippery). These allow for good absorption and won't be eaten. After your chicks learn what food is you can switch to the pine shavings. I do this when they are about a week old. if you put it in right away you may have problems with the chicks eating it. I also recommend airing out the bedding before putting it in the brooder. I lay it out on a tray for a few hours. The strong scent comes from oils that can be dangerous to birds if they are strong.

    Another word of advice - check out your local feed store, tractor supply, or even walmart, you can get pine shavings for a lot less there.
  3. doghamstyluv95

    doghamstyluv95 Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    ok well ill try walmart but i dont have a local feed store or farm supply store. im smack in the middle of a busy city:/
  4. joanna

    joanna In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007
    my local KMart carries pine bedding and it's cheaper than the feed store.

    has anyone used pine mulch? that's readily available and pretty cheap...any opinions?
  5. nassyjs

    nassyjs Hatching

    May 6, 2007
    go to a local farm or nursery and get white pine shavings. It is so much cheaper then pet-co. I think I pay $6 for a 50 lbs bag!
  6. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    yeppers im using the $6 bag of pine shavings from tractor supply co...HUGE bag will last forever. I have that on the bottom with papertowels over the top...clean up is generally real easy...just roll the papertowels up with all the "dirt"
    etc on it and throw it away--> check the pine shavings for any wet/dirty areas and replace, then put fresh paper towels down...whole thing takes less than 5 mins.
  7. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:Pine shavings is better than pine mulch. The shavings are the wood and it soaks up wetness better. Pine mulch is bark (either shredded or nuggets) and won't absorb moisture.

    Can you tell I used to work for a mulch company?![​IMG]

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