I'm SO much happier!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 09northernchick, May 8, 2009.

  1. 09northernchick

    09northernchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I had been using paper towel on top of newspaper and have been having to change the paper towel many times through the day. And they were eating their droppings [​IMG]

    I was also having trouble with them pooping in their water dish and having to clean that several times a day too.

    They were eating the shavings so I couldn't just go that route. So I went ahead and used the mesh idea and I love it! It is probably a bit bigger mesh than it should be but that's what I had available. They don't seem to be having too much trouble with it.
    And then I moved their food dish away from their water dish and now they aren't pooping in the water tray it as they eat from the other dish. And I put in thicker roosts and they LOVE them! Three or four of them will squeeze on one branch at a time and go to sleep. It is so adorable to see four little heads curled up in sleep at the same time on the roost [​IMG] They are 8 days old today!

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  2. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    great idea - now why haven't I thought of that [​IMG]
    [​IMG] cute chicks
     
  3. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    OH, they are such cuties!
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I gotta think those wires are hard on the little chicks feet... that's just me.
     
  5. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    I was thinking the same thing, Mahonri. I'd give them some place that is "solid ground" so they can get relief if necessary. That's what they recommend for bunnies. Maybe a piece of cardboard?
     
  6. WisconsinChick

    WisconsinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    i agree with the two above.
     
  7. 09northernchick

    09northernchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I went to the hardware store this morning and bought smaller mesh. I ended up with 1/4" squares. But after all the cutting and fitting etc. the poop does not fit down through the holes. I was looking at the 1/2" mesh but thought it might be too big for their feet.

    What size should I use?

    I would go right to shavings but they eat it [​IMG]
     

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