How often change pine shavings?

xjonesy

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Feb 13, 2009
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Well, I finally did it -- I bought 6 chicks and have them in a large brown box in the garage. I covered the bottom of the box with newspaper and and then a good inch of pine shavings on top of the newspaper.

My question: how often should I be changing the pine shavings and newspaper to keep it clean for the chicks? I want to keep them healthy, but I can't change it every day. I've been adding a small layer of pine shavings over their manure each day to at least keep them from pecking at it.

Any suggestions or insight?

Thanks,
Excited in Utah
 

RendonRoo

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10 Years
Feb 7, 2009
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Your on the right track. As long as it stays dry it will last a while. I would change it after about a week or so though. Good Luck.
P.S. They will peck at and eat the poo. It's ok though. It actually helps them get their digestive system working.
 
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RIVERA69R

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Jun 9, 2008
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If there in a big enough box i would say at least once a week I usually change mine every weekend I have 8 in a 6ft x 2ft wide reptile tank but this weekend they are moving outside for good
 

xjonesy

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Feb 13, 2009
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Utah
Interesting. Thanks for the info...that makes me feel a little better. I was getting worried watching them peck at it.

I was also worried when I saw some in the water -- I was changing the water every time I saw some poop in there.

Can you tell I'm a first timer?
 

Chicken Fruit

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Feb 25, 2009
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Scoop out any wet spots and add a little more. Change it when it wont stay dry anymore or when it smells.

I prefer cozynfresh bedding from TSC- it stays fresher longer and dries fast and completely, much better than shavings.
 

~*Sweet Cheeks*~

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10 Years
Mar 12, 2009
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Medford, Oregon
Soon those babies will be scratching all the time, so putting down a thin layer on top of the old won't work.

Enjoy them now - soon they will be dropping big smelly poo.

In the beginning I layered new on old but beginning at 3 wks I change out all litter once a week.
 

txchickie

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Nov 15, 2008
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I have seven 3 week old bantams and I change their shavings once every 2 daysish? Sometimes 3.

They're in a large metal dog crate and tend to throw everything out the sides, so they kinda clean it out for me
I have to add new shavings every day (so they can kick them all over the floor for entertainment).
 

ams3651

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Jan 23, 2008
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you'll be suprised in 2 or 3 weeks how much more they poop. Mine went out to the shed after a couple weeks, they grow so fast at first and I couldnt do the smell in the house any longer. I cleaned it once a week at first till it wasnt enough anymore.
 

cgmccary

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Sep 14, 2007
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With 6 chicks, you can probably change it about every 3 days. As they get older, you might have to go to every other day. keep the water cleared. I used to use pine shavings, but it worked me to death with the more chicks I raised.

This year I have 40 chicks I hatched out, and I decided to go completely with sanitized [playground] quartz sand. I had used it with larger groups last year. I just buy it in the 50 lb bags and it is cheaper than the pine shavings. Gosh, the sand is a lot easier to keep clean & dry; I use a kitchen sifter, fine enough for the sand to pass through but not for the poop. I am able to recycle the sand. Of course, there I am sifting sand to get out the poop. They are in my basement in kiddie swimming pools, welded wire doubled over in a circle the shape of the pool. So far, so good. Going on 3 weeks.
 
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LoveMyBirds

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Quote:I started using cardboard last year,, working my butt off cleaning daily..

Then I ran across these big plastic containers at Wal-Mart .. Put whatever you need in bottom.. Whenever you need to clean it is a breeze..

When chicks, turkeys, etc.. got big enough to fly up on edge, I put some wire on top..

This is the easiest that I have found..
 

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