How Do You Clean Your Brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickaroo!, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Songster

    Dec 27, 2007
    This is my first time raising chicks. I currently have 3 grown chickens and cleaning their coop is so easy. Thier poo is much larger, obviously, and I use a kitty litter scoop to clean.

    But, how do you clean a chick brooder? Their poo is so tiny and in the pine shavings, I can hardly see it. How do I scoop it out without being wasteful of the shavings?
  2. farmerwannabe

    farmerwannabe In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2008
    Eastern PA
    I'm fairly new to this, so my answer may not be the best, but I've been doing a lot of wasting... I take all the shavings out and replace with fresh shavings. I'll be interested to hear what others do.
  3. RobinEgg

    RobinEgg Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    I have a kitty scoop and rake out all the soiled litter and replace with new weekly. You may want to wear a mask(it's best if you do). If i notice that the litter is really soiled or wet I change it sooner, I also add some from time to time to keep dry. Important things are dry and no molded foods and in my case(they're in my basment) smell
  4. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    I just clean out the whole thing too. Shavings and all. It doesnt have to be done as often as you might think. In fact I just added fresh shavings for a few days. Then cleaned out the whole thing and started fresh, every 5 or 6 days. Of coarse it depends on the # of chicks and size of brooder. Ours was rather large and held 12 chicks.
  5. JustChicky

    JustChicky Songster

    Feb 14, 2008
    East Texas
    I clean all of the shavings out once a week.

    I add a little bit of new pine shavings everyday and I stir the whole thing up 2 or 3 times a day.

    I have my waterer on a piece of wood (it soaks up the water that they splash and keeps the shavings dry), I have two that I change out, clean and dry (in the sun) everyday. [​IMG]
  6. JeninMN

    JeninMN Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    I change ours every night....we have a good sized brooder...starting to wish it was taller tho!! but anyway it has wire mesh that they stand on and I put paper down and then the pine bedding on top of that over about 1/2 of it...that used to stay fairly clean but now these past few days they are really starting to tear the place up! the Poo falls thru the wire bottom into trays that we pull out and change the paper in each night too....we have 28 of them in there so at 2 1/2 weeks old they are getting rowdier!! So much fun tho!
  7. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    Well, first of all, I don't use shavings [​IMG]
    My chicks are on fluffy paper shreddings right out of the shredder. What I do, is every day or every other day I take them out and I use a shovel to scoop all the paper out and I throw the dirty paper right in the burner barrel.

    And they are happy and clean [​IMG]
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I pick it up and move it left or right 4 feet or so. :p
  9. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    SilkieChicken, how do you keep your chicks from slipping out from under your brooder when you move it?
  10. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    you move your chicks to a temp brooder.then you empty the shavings let the brooder dry a bit.then put new shavings put chicks back in their brooder.

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