How much pecking, eating, or playing with shavings is OK?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 09northernchick, May 15, 2009.

  1. 09northernchick

    09northernchick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2009
    I just put my two week olds into shavings this morning. I love seeing them scratching and burrowing in the shavings. Looks so much more comfortable than the hardware cloth. But they are picking up the shavings and running with them as if they were treasures, and some are pecking at it. I can't tell if they are trying to get the tiny bits on the floor or if they are pecking at the lettering on the newsprint underneath.

    How would I know if they are still too young to be in the shavings and will cause them problems like blockage?
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:If you are using pine shavings then you are fine. If it is cedar I would remove it right away and go get the pine. Pine is CHEAP too.

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