paper towels

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nicola, May 5, 2009.

  1. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

    Feb 23, 2009
    ACT
    my chicks are now a week old. when can i take them off the paper towels and put them on to full shavings?
     
  2. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didnt use paper towels. My chick were on shavings from day 1. It wont hurt them,, They might peck at the shavings at first but once they figure out its not food they will stop pecking it.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Me too. Mine came home as day old's and were on shavings from the start.
     
  4. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

    Feb 23, 2009
    ACT
    ok kool ill take em off the towel today thanks everyone [​IMG]
     
  5. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used paper towels until the chicks were about 3 weeks. Then I did shavings. I have read of fatalities from day olds eating shavings so I didn't do them in the beginning.
     
  6. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine started out on shavings and they were fine. It soaks up the water they spill fast too.
     
  7. Peeplperson

    Peeplperson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use paper towel as an 'apron' under the waterer to slow the transfer of wood shavings to the water. Not a cure - just a stop gap. And it's easier to change out the paper towel every day to keep the area cleaner.

    3 week old chicks - absolutely mesmerized.
     
  8. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

    Feb 23, 2009
    ACT
    well i had to clean out the box anyway so they are on full shavings now KICKING it everywhere and of corseeating the realy little bits at the bottom lol they also have cat toys in there that they run awayfrom. and when do i need to take the marbles out of the water?
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  9. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were on shavings from the get go too...but they ate the shavings and got GIANT FULL CROPS...once I gave them grit it went down (a few days later) but they for sure ate it way more then 'investigating only'...maybe not the sharpest birds, but just thought I'd throw it out there incase their crops start to look giant, might want to give them grit... [​IMG]
     
  10. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Wisconsin
    I am going to start my chicks out on the puppy pads to be on the safe side so they don't eat the wood shavings and to give something easy to walk on till they get their little feet workin good under them!! [​IMG] Not just that I am getting Cochins and don't want the shaving to get caught in their cute little feather feet! [​IMG]
     

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