how long before taking out the paper towel

thepremo1

Songster
9 Years
Feb 17, 2010
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mid michigan
yeah that question up above
but heres a story
i got my chicks yesterday,
i covered the floor of the brooder with paper towel, but its made out of wood so ,since the frame is a different lvl that the floor i could cover it. i put my chicks in and within minutes they all found the pine shavings that were on the frame and started eating them. then i wiped all the chips off and spread feed around the brooder, and my 1 silver laced (wywadotte) (i cant spell)( i bought one for my gf and it had to be different from the others and this was the first breed he said(the guy who sold them to me) i really wanted a light branham, or something like that, but he had already put the otherone in the box when he mentioned that he had branhas and he was a OLD man with missing fingers so i didnt want to annoy him) anywho the one chick kicked chips everywhere and they were eating those instead of there food. then when i cleaned the water this morning there was a chip in the JAR. how is that possible!? its like magic
 

Texasboy4ever

Songster
11 Years
Jan 10, 2009
110
0
109
Greenville,Marietta,SC
When they drink or spill the water the displaced water causes air to be suck into the jar. If there is a wood chip in the water it will be sucked in and so will dirt food or what ever is in the dish
 

PandoraTaylor

RT Poultry n Things
10 Years
Jun 29, 2009
2,091
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Alaska
Basically once they figure out food from woodshavings you can remove the papertowel covering.
I use papertowels over the wood shavings, but I would have added enough shavings to be level with the frame, that way the papertowels cover the frame & shavings.
 

underground chickenman

Songster
10 Years
May 30, 2009
562
10
131
Orlando, Florida
I put mine on shavings three or four days after arrival. Never had a problem. You must remove wet litter regularly. I recommend you put the waterer on top of some hardware cloth over a wood frame that is larger than the base of the waterer so any sloshes or spills fall through the wire where the chicks cannot contact it.

UGCM
 
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