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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PuffMommy, Jun 4, 2008.
Get ready for LOTS of these types of questions
I have heard from 2 days to a week. You just want to make sure that the chicks know what is food and what is not. You do not want them eating the litter so it gets covered awhile. I believe I kept mine covered with paper towels for 5 days.
I didn't use paper towels, but I think the standard answer is 3 to 4 days.
I started gradually taking away the paper towels after a few days, and they were 100% gone at the end of a week. I left them down longest around the feeders, since that was where the worst of the spilled food was and where the most pecking-around-on-the-ground was happening.
I never did see any chick seeming to eat the shavings, although periodically one would pick a shaving up in its beak and stand there, or run around with it, or whatever. It may matter how big your shavings are - mine were big big flakes.
I cleaned the paper towels up everyday for one week. Then Ii removed the paper towels after one week and used pine shavings with food grade DE mixed in.
They are as happy as could be!
I used paper towels for 2 weeks. I changed them twice a day. Poo be gone!