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Pine, Aspen, Alfalfa, shavings/pellets/hay, paper-based litter???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by coleridgedane, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. coleridgedane

    coleridgedane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2011
    Marietta, GA
    Would like everyone's opinions on either/neither/never. For day-old chick brooder.
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I use a thin layer of kitty litter then shavings on top of it.
  3. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2010
    For baby chicks I use pine shavings covered up with paper towels. I replace the paper towels once or twice aday depending on how many chicks I have. chicks can eat shavings so that's why I cover them with the towels. Also they need a grippy type flooring so they don't get crippled that's why I also use paper towels on shavings so it isn't a flat slick surface.
    Never use cedar... Its to strong smelling for chicks. I've never used hay or straw for chicks.
  4. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    For the first couple days i just use a paper towel. My chicks always try to eat the wood shavings and then they get sick. Idiots. But then i add pine shavings like ones that would be used for a hamster or guinea pig. Never use cedar, its toxic to chickens.

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