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New Chicks in Brooder Tomorrow

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Wheeler Farms Chickens, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Wheeler Farms Chickens

    Wheeler Farms Chickens Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2011
    Piedmont, South Dakota
    This forum is going to make me CRAZY! Use newspaper, dont use newpaper for the first day. Use papertowels, dont use papertowels. This is my first venture into raising chickens. I need to know what to do and not second guess myself. What about a using old bed sheets on top of the pine litter? I already have the litter down about 1-2inches thick. I will be around for the first two days all day long to watch and care. PLEASE tell me what is the right thing to do.
  2. Wheeler Farms Chickens

    Wheeler Farms Chickens Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2011
    Piedmont, South Dakota
    I should add that I am getting 8 heavy breed laying hens and 25 Cornish X Rock. I have two seperate brooders.
  3. lilchicklover

    lilchicklover Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    im not by any means an expert but i used paper towels over shavings the first few days and then only shavings once they were a week old, it worked out great. I have heard the newspaper can give them leg problems so i would stay away from that. I only had to change out the paper towels twice a day and it was a pretty textured brand i hope that I helped some. [​IMG]
  4. lilchicklover

    lilchicklover Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    Oh i also used old bed sheets over litter and that worked for me too. I have never heard any one say anything bad about that. the only problem with the sheets is you have to have multiple sheets so you can switch them out. [​IMG]
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    I have used just shavings and I especially like to use the paper from the shredder at work! Never had any problems with either.
  6. Eleanore

    Eleanore Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    I have used both paper towels ONLY for the first several days then switched to pine shavings; and also have used pine shavings immediately. For me personally, there was no difference noted. The chicks turned out fine both ways. Good luck!! [​IMG]
  7. Splinty

    Splinty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    New York
    I used the medicated paper that shipped with my brooder set. I only used it for the first 4 days that I was told to use it for then just went to pine shavings. I don't think the paper was really medicated I think it had to do with the bumps so they didn't slip.
  8. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Western NC
    My Coop
    I started out with newspaper and regretted it Immediately! The paper got wet and wasn't nearly as absorbent as paper towel. I really didn't want the extra expense and waste of using paper towel, but had to balance it against sanity. Hope this helps.

    Like parenting kids, it's really easy to think you are not doing the right thing - whatever you do, and so you end up learning as you go - second guessing goes with the territory [​IMG].

    Good luck!
  9. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    I used play sand in the brooder and loved it. You're going to have a hard time getting consensus...
  10. laurabonitahopkins

    laurabonitahopkins Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2011
    Littleton, CO
    My first chicks are now 3 weeks old, and I used just pine shavings from the beginning and it was fine.

    Try not to get too frustrated about all the conflicting advice you will get - it is just like raising kids - if you ask 100 people when to start feeding a baby solid food, you will get 100 different answers! A lot of it is just what works for YOU, there is not "right" and "wrong!"

    Good luck with your chicks! Have fun!

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