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NON DUSTY chick bedding

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kuchchicks, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok folks I have a problem. I am hatching out a ton of chicks right now. Currently using pine shavings as bedding. But it is creating a horrible dust problem. I have to find a new bedding that will not create a layer of dust on everything! Suggestions?!!!! HELP!
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Just about every bedding will create some dust. You could use towels, but that'd be a lot of washing. Even if you go with towels, the chicks will still be sending feather dander everywhere. Darned if you do, darned if you don't!

    The best solution is to stop brooding in your house. Consider making a large hutch outside with a heat lamp. Then they can make as much dust as they want :)

    I've had chicks in my outside brooder in temps as cold as single digits, and they do great!
     
  3. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We do have 2 outdoor broilers that we use. The problem I ran into is that we really ramped up our hatching. We have run out of room in the broodies and don't want to take the risk of newly hatched getting stepped on by older chicks. Thanks tho!
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Ahh, I totally understand how that goes! Maybe some paper pellet cat litter would work better. I know they break down when they get wet, which could lead to dust eventually, but if they're kept dry they shouldn't produce much. Just a thought.
     
  5. tiedyechick

    tiedyechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use puppy pee pads in the brooder
     
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  6. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The pee pads are a good idea!
     
  7. Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik Out Of The Brooder

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    I am using shredded newspaper in the brooder. If you use wood chips the chicks may eat them with fatal results. Some people use straw.
     
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    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How absorbent do you find the shredded paper to be? How often are you changing it out? What about odor?
     
  9. Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks aren't hatched yet, but I plan on changing the paper litter daily and using it as mulch in the garden. That should keep the odor down in the brooder. I may switch to straw litter when the chickens are bigger. I'm going to have less than 12 chicks this time, because I am incubating a dozen Trader Joe fertile eggs.
     

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