Is it alright to have hay in the Brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AustralorpsAU, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everybody,

    I don't have any chicks yet but i am planning to. Would this setup be suffice or could the hay possibly catch fire? Is it even alright to have hay in the brooder?

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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Never raised chicks that way, but from what i have read, wood shavings and kitchen towels laid on top seems quite common.

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  3. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hard to tell picture.. is the walls higher so the can't get out? They look low. Hay is fine to use.. make sure light is tied off so if it gets bumped. It can't fall down onto the hay. I never use the brooder light clamps.. clamps,are not secure.. I always hang them. Tied good..
     
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  4. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The walls are actaully like a metre high. Thanks for the input.
     
  5. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Out Of The Brooder

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    I would not be using hay. The chicks feet are going to get tangled in it, it will not reflect heat back to the chicks well and will become very unsanitary and moldy fast. Get the hay out and use a thin layer of pine shavings.
     
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