paper towels

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grammym, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. grammym

    grammym Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 22, 2012
    Sequim, WA
    How long should I keep the paper towels down on top of the pine shavings to prevent spraddle leg? A week or longer?
  2. mammat

    mammat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    columbus ohio
    Paper towels cause spradle leg. The paper towels are so the chicks dont eat bedding instead of food. I take mine up after two days and they know what food is:)
  3. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 31, 2012
    Northern Minnesota
    My Coop
    I did paper towels under shavings the whole time. But I imagine if there would be spraddle leg it would show up within the first week. The paper towel was mostly then for hygienic and cleaning purposes changed every other or every 3 days for me.
  4. tammylynn4647

    tammylynn4647 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2013
    I took the paper towels off the shavings the second day I had them (when they were 3 days old). No probs with them eating the shavings
  5. regcal966

    regcal966 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We took the paper towels off when the chicks were 3 days old. They pick at the pine shavings but haven't seen any of them eating it, which I was worried about.

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