New babies with pics!!! Questions about pine shavings....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jaimepowell, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. jaimepowell

    jaimepowell Out Of The Brooder

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    We got our new babies yesterday from Orschlens!!!!

    1 Black Sex Link
    1 New Hampshire Red
    1 Rhode Island Red
    5 Assorted Pullet Layers
    2 Assorted Bantams


    My Rhode Island “Orangey” as the kids call her already has some wing feathers so I’m guessing she is older than the others. I put some cedar shavings in their tub this am and my littlest bantam looked like he was trying to eat it. I read a couple other posts that say around 4 days they can usually handle the shavings and not eat them. He is the only one I noticed and I can’t tell if he is eating it or playing in it. All the others seem to love it—they play chase and scratch in it—so cute to watch! I was paranoid for my little guy and put the paper towels back down this morning—should I leave them on the paper towels for a couple more days?

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  2. Othylocke

    Othylocke Out Of The Brooder

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    I assume you meant pine shavings since that is the title of the post.

    I wouldn't worry about them eating the shavings, but if you would rather be safe than sorry...be safe :)

    Though the "four days" they won't eat shavings thing sounds strange to me. I never used paper towels and they always just played with the shavings, never really ate it.
     
  3. gardendufus

    gardendufus Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 3 week olds have been on pine shavings since the day I got them. I suspect they ate some, but they eat EVERYTHING they get their little beaks on. I have also provided grit (NOT oyster shells) and they have been eating that since I set it in their brooder. Whatever they ate seems to have done them no harm, but I definitely would provide grit if you think they are eating any of the shavings. Maybe someone with more experience has a different answer tho.

    BTW I HOPE you meant pine shavings as cedar is NOT good for chickens. I believe the operative word is POISON.
     
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  4. jaimepowell

    jaimepowell Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes PINE--oops!! Thanks for the advice! I added shavings which is keeping the house smelling a little better and the husband a little happier!
     
  5. Megs501

    Megs501 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O m g the cute factor is killing me! I'm still waiting on my RIR babies!

    Quick question- do you put the grit down on the floor, or in a dish like you do feed?
     
  6. Othylocke

    Othylocke Out Of The Brooder

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    I've always heard of putting it in a separate dish.
     

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