How often should I clean my new chicks shavings?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Shellbeegr8, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. Shellbeegr8

    Shellbeegr8 New Egg

    Apr 2, 2017
    Hello, my husband and I are first time chick parents and seem to be at unable to agree on how often we should clean out the broodbox. He is of the opinion we should just add new shavings on top of the old, and "layer". I being an over protective mother, want to completely remove the old soiled shavings and replace with clean ones at least 2x a wk. I would be ok with the "layering" if they were out doors and we could crate a deep mulch system, but in a cardboard box there is no where for it to go. I am worried about illness. Since neither of us has ever raised chicks, I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us and congrats on getting your own baby chicks.

    I agree with you, best to keep their brooder clean as possible. Depending on how many you have and the size of the brooder once a week may be enough. They will be living there for awhile - wouldn't want them to get in a habit of eating the poop [​IMG]
  3. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    Both of you make good points, how many chicks do you have? Cardboard is hard to clean. I would suggest a wooden box or a tote. The tote is my choice because its plastic and easy to sanitize. Others here will say wood. Its all preference.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Shellbeegr8, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our flock! I think the conventional wisdom leans more to your way of thinking - particularly when the chicks are young. Here's an article from the Learning Center that discusses raising baby chicks:
    And here's a link to some additional chick articles:
    And for for baby chick questions you can post here:
    Best wishes to you and your flock and thanks for joining BYC!!
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and very good links from redsoxs, so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. Shellbeegr8

    Shellbeegr8 New Egg

    Apr 2, 2017
    Thank you so much for the warm welcome and great suggestions.
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for joining us, have fun with the little ones!
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Shellbeegr8 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great advice and links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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