I'm afraid to take away the paper towels !!!

chickenriot

Songster
9 Years
May 12, 2010
116
0
109
Brownsboro, Tx.
Hi,

My baby chicks are 1 week old today and I had planned on switching their bedding to aspen chips.

They are all eating and drinking but you know how chickens have to peck at everything.

I've read some posts about baby chicks getting bedding stuck in their crops and naturally, being new to having chickens, I can just see all 34 of them gobbling down the chips.

Is this a common worry for inexperienced chicken wranglers ?
 

zatsdeb

Songster
12 Years
Oct 2, 2007
1,103
10
173
Lincoln, Illinois
pine shavings is all I use, other shavings like cedar are toxic to chicks, I don't know about aspen? They should be fine, as long as they know where their feed is, you might keep a few paper towels under the feed container and pine shavings everywhere else. the will scratch in the shavings, they like to scratch!
 

teach1rusl

Love My Chickens
10 Years
Jul 28, 2009
10,017
160
356
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
My Coop
They will be fine!
They will peck at them, and may sample a few of the smaller peices (My birds are grown girls now and STILL sample the bedding sometimes
), but that will be okay...truly.
 

vstoltzfus

Songster
10 Years
Aug 10, 2009
199
4
111
Lancaster County, PA
Go for it! All my chicks are immediately put on mixed shavings (my husband is a cabinet maker, so I get what he gives me) and I've never had a problem. I think you'll be fine.
 

grammy of David

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jul 17, 2009
87
0
29
rural Kansas
I always start with paper towels, then at a week change to news paper until, second week when I put them out in the coop which has a dirt floor.
 

trooper

Songster
9 Years
Apr 26, 2010
402
11
121
Staunton,Va
I use pine shavings.I find that they do an excellent job and that they are much cheaper in this area than the aspen.
 

SilkieTime

Songster
10 Years
Mar 29, 2009
1,511
15
161
Joelton Tn.
Poor thing, paper towels are a lot of work. When you do change them over to pine shavings you all will be so much happier.
 

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