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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by raymondjames, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. raymondjames

    raymondjames Chirping

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    my chicks reside on rodent bedding and when i let them out to play near their brooder there was a bit of bedding here and there. first they peck, then they eat it [​IMG] is this odd?
     

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    How old are they?
    I cover bedding with burlap for the first week till they know what food is vs. bedding.
     
  3. cuntryuppiechick

    cuntryuppiechick Songster

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    They can get a bound crop and die from the inability of food to pass through the system. The vet bill was about $250 to fix it and the chick has never been right.

    Burlap, an old towel, paper towels, that rubber shelf liner stuff, sand, are all better alternatives than wood chips. I still do wood chips but will probably stop since I have been trending towards less smart breeds that just don't get it. Newspaper will be slippery and possibly cause splayed leg.
     
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  4. raymondjames

    raymondjames Chirping

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    AAHHH!! they might die!!?? theyre three weeks old... what can i use as a bedding alternative (newspaper)?
     
  5. SC-ChickMom

    SC-ChickMom Chirping

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    Just lay paper towels on top of the current bedding. They can't eat it but it still does it's job.
     

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