Hardware cloth brooder floor for bantam chicks - bad idea?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lceh, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2008
    Central Virginia
    I'm planning to put my soon-to-arrive bantam chicks in a large dog crate and lining the sides with aluminum screening to keep them from slipping out between the bars. I've been reading this forum for ideas on how to keep the dust and smell down, since the chicks will be in my laundry room and we don't have a garage to put them in. I've read that using hardware cloth on the floor over the pull-out pan makes clean-up easier and keeps the dust down. (I assume this is after they're a couple of weeks old, I was planning to use puppy pads for the first week or two.) Does this really work? What size would I use for bantam chicks -- is 1/4" inch okay? Or will this damage their little feet?
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    1/4" will be ok, I've used it before with no ill effects.
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    You can always throw some hay down if they have difficulties. [​IMG] Or large pine shavings.

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