Hubby complaining about dust...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MontanaDolphin, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. MontanaDolphin

    MontanaDolphin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My babies turned 2 weeks old last Wednesday, and I've had them since they were a day old. The only place in my house that I can put them is in the den. So that's where the brooder is. Today, my hubby was dusting off the entertainment center, and said "The chicks have got to go...there's way too much dust in this house." Now, he wasn't being too serious because he knows I wouldn't oblige him, but he is mad about all the dust they produce. Is there anything I can do to keep the dust down? I have a window screen covering the brooder. Their bedding is pine shavings, and they have some sand in a box that I cut the top 3/4 off. Thank you!
     
  2. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am really allergic to pine bedding, so I just keep my chicks on paper towels and don't seem to have a major dust problem.
     
  3. frenchiegirl21

    frenchiegirl21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Using sand as the main bedding might cut down some on dust. I have also read that some people use puppy pads as a bedding because they are absorbent and odor-reducing. Good luck!
     
  4. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand doesn't help with the dust. Ours are on the porch now that it has warmed up. Inside on sand, they were dusty.
     
  5. LillianMae

    LillianMae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pine shavings are a BIG nono, they can cause large problems as the chicks grow
     
  6. McGobs

    McGobs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bedding won't much matter. The chicks themselves are producing tons of the stuff. Unless you cover them completely...the dust is going to go everywhere.
     
  7. LillianMae

    LillianMae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bedding does matter, trust me, I can't remember where, but I read that pine shavings are very bad for chicks
     
  8. McGobs

    McGobs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very well....the bedding matters then.

    But what I'm trying to say is...if you took out all the shavings..ANY shavings, and put your chicks on your lint free towels...your going to get a lot of dust.
     
  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Chicks generate lots and lots of dust. It's one of the reasons I don't brood in the house. I think the dust comes from the sheaths as they fall away from their sprouting feathers. So, consider it a sign that they are healthy and growing. And next time, try brooding outside. :)
     
  10. SlipsWife

    SlipsWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine started in the bathroom on the counter...until one jumped out into my Scentsy wax warmer! Her name is now Scentsy and luckily it didn't seem to hurt her and her vent wasn't blocked. (We were going to put them in a new brooder that night...figures! [​IMG]) Then we moved them into a tall box for a few days until I could set up a brooder in the garage. BEST.PLACE.HANDS.DOWN. Well, at least for us. The smell wasn't bad in the bathroom but the larger and more messy they got it was starting to get to me. We still had to use a heat lamp since the garage isn't heated but it was perfect for going in and checking on them, knowing they were safe from predators (and our 3 dogs). We are getting another order Friday and I think I will skip the bathroom and go straight for the garage. (unless we have some tiny guys that need some extra love and care for a few days). Hopefully you can come up with a different place to put them! :) We used pine shavings (everything I've read has said not to use cedar) but I do love the puppy pad idea!
     

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