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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RDFarms, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. RDFarms

    RDFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    My bantam hen just hatched 5 baby chicks this morning. I put them on a small old rug, because I have heard that the chicks should be on something besides chick bedding untill a certain age. I have forgotten what age that is. Could someone please tell me what it is?

    Thanks,RDFarms
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. kbky1973

    kbky1973 Out Of The Brooder

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    No that's wrong. Chicks can go on bedding any time. I put mine on pine shaving at a day old.this will help them. Nothing slick. No newspapers.
     
  4. 2 Russo Chicks

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    I have always put chicks on pine shavings. We just had 7 hatch in pine shavings two days ago. I have never heard of or had problems with pine shavings.
     
  5. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What you heard is right, kbky1973 is right "not on newspaper or anything slick"
     
  6. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine on shavings as soon as the arrive as day old or if I hatched them as soon as they are dry. No problems at all.
     
  7. tinakevin

    tinakevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always put mine on shavings as well and they do just fine
     
  8. Pendragonz

    Pendragonz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to agree with the other posters. You don't want them on anything slick like paper. Also I've heard hay is not good it can be moldy too easiily. When I get mine through the mail I take them out and put them into the fine pine shavings and have never had a problem. Good luck with your chicks. Enjoy them.
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    My hatcher has paper towels on the bottom. I've had a few chicks hatch with mild spraddle leg. My thought had been to watch them and intervene/tape legs after a day or so if necessary. I move them to the brooder with pine shavings at 24-36 hours old, and by day 2-3 I can no longer tell which chicks had issues. I've always used shavings and never had an issue.
     

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