I'm on day 19 of my first hatch (though i raised chicks last year that were 2 wks old when I got them). I set up my brooder with mini pine shavings, but have been reading here about baby chicks and the danger of ingesting shavings. People mentioned alternatives like newspaper, corn cob bedding, and paper towels. I wondered: What about using hay? I have a surplus here because of the warm winter. Any downside to it?