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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken0Boy, May 23, 2010.
My 1 week chicks just got off paper towels, so how am I supposed to clean wood chips?
Quote:Put the seasoned wood chips out on the garden, your tomatoes and peppers will love you, replace with fresh wood chips in the brooder.
How many babies do you have? I put down shavings and depending on the size of your brooder, number of chicks etc dictates how often you clean it out. I have had up to 30 chicks in the appropriate space, strip and clean at least once a week with new shavings. I use a shovel, broom etc to get it totally clean - and add new shavings at least 2-3 inches. During the week I will at a top layer of clean shavings as needed. Good Luck!
If you have a small brooder and a few chicks then use a small dust broom and a small dust pan to clean it out .
I have 25. What is the appropriate amount of space for that amount?
I use a 50 gal plastic tub (Lowes for $20). It is extra huge when they are very young, but it will be nessesary while they grow until they are ready to go out to the coop. I just hate to switch the chicks from one container to another as they grow. It works for me. I change the wet/dirty shavings as often as nessesary...some times this is daily. Your nose will let you know. Like others have mentioned, a hand broom & dustpan works well.